Chart Energy & Chemicals, Inc.
A vacuum chamber is primarily used to simulate
the vacuum of space and to calibrate satellites.
The dimensions of this new vacuum chamber are
48 by 55 by 86 feet, including a huge sliding
door, and most of the chamber walls will be fabricated out of 304 stainless steel.
Locating and buying stainless steel at current market prices can be costly if not planned and purchased efficiently. Using Bentley software to create the preliminary 3D steel model, Chart Energy
& Chemicals was able to extract all the steel material and bought it by the pound instead of by the
plate, saving thousands of dollars.
The company also saved on materials for the ther-
mal shrouds for the vacuum chamber, which are
designed and fabricated with 5083 aluminum. It
modeled the shroud using AutoPLANT Piping and
extracted a bill of materials to keep the overall
cost of 5083 aluminum to a minimum. ;
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used Explorer to
check for clashes re-
sulting from incorrect esti-
mates of insulation thickness.
The goal of this project is
from renewable grain
sources, with pure products,
environment-friendly by-products, high efficiency, and low
investment cost. The bioethanol
production facility in the Czech
Republic was constrained by the
equipment within an existing sugar mill.
The mash and rectification column is located
in free space adjoining a structure in which the
rest of the process equipment is located.
The plant was split into several process units and
civil objects. The mechanical part of five process
units has been handled in 3D with AutoPLANT.
The very limited space for the distillation equip-
ment showed the advantage of 3D project pro-
cessing. The distillation equipment comprises two
parts: The mash and rectifi-
cation column with reboilers and
adsorbers are located in free space adja-
cent to a three-story steel structure where the rest
of process equipment is located.
Overall, 3D design saved about two months' work
of six designers. ;