Emerson, St. Louis, MO, has introduced the Rosemount Thermowell Design Accelerator, an online tool that eliminates manual iterations facing process-design engineers when sizing thermowells. According to the company, this easy-to-use application intuitively guides personnel through complex projects, saving hours of wasted time and resources. Users will be able to automatically iterate up to 1,000 thermowell tags, all optimized for their particular process conditions, with a single click.
The company notes that engineers, on average, can spend 50 hours doing thermowell calculations for a single project. Nearly 20 variables related to process conditions and thermowell dimensions are used to find a safe and efficient solution. Temperature points often need to be recalculated three to four times using traditional trial-and-error methods before passing global standards for safe operation outlined by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Using the Thermowell Design Accelerator, engineers can reduce design ideation time to just 15 minutes.
The software uses ASME PTC-19.3 TW (2016) criteria and has built-in quality checks to confirm safe thermowell results that protect processes and the people that operate them. As the tool automatically iterates thermowell dimensional changes for safe use, it also tracks calculation history. Engineers get a breakdown for each thermowell iteration and the corresponding physical dimensional change to the thermowell as it calculates solutions. Engineers can review each step for how the thermowell was able to pass PTC criteria and have a reference for updating their design if process conditions change. It’s true design, not just thermowell pass or fail.
The onscreen image dynamically updates as tag data is input and the onscreen help feature identifies potential calculation issues like missing data or incorrect inputs. Plus, users get thermowell and matching sensor specification model codes for a quick and easy way to review, collaborate, purchase and share information with project teams.
The Thermowell Design Accelerator is part of Emerson’s portfolio of tools for engineers. It can be accessed anytime online, and designs can be saved in the user’s MyEmerson personalized digital experience.