The PCC application uses databases to store and retrieve data. There are mainly two databases: one is the standards database with all the dimensions of the components and material properties, the other one is the project database which stores the user input of the projects and pipe classes.

The databases can be local computer databases or server databases. Red-Bag uses for the development the Sqlite database for local storage and the MySQL or MarianDB for server databases. It is advisable to use a  central server database when working in a projectteam or for larger companies with pipe classes for different process units.

Consult Red-Bag for more information on use cases.

The PCC is full featured pipe class calculation and management software tool. The output of PCC provides engineering documents like the pipe class summary sheet, calculation reports and data files.

The pipe class summary is the 'normal' pipe class report as used during the engineering and design of a process plant.

The calculation reports are a calculation summary of the most significant design condition per component and detail calculation per component, per size and per design condition.

The dimension report includes the dimensional information per component as a reference for the piping designer.

The data file is an XML format with all pipe class information which can be used in, for example, 3D CAD applications or between different PCC users. It is always used when requesting help from Red-Bag. With this file the Red-Bag support engineers can see the full content of the pipe class without entering data and with this data file provide quicker feedback.

The use of local databases is also possible. The preferred format is the Sqlite database.

The PCC application comes with many material specification and standards. The calculations require the allowable stresses by temperature or calculates the allowable stress based on yield, tensile and creep rupture values. The use of the correct allowable stress is vital in the calculations. The calculation application allows the user to validate the source of the allowable stress and where necessary provide additional materials.

The ASME II part D is completely available in the PCC software. Most frequently used materials in the ASME B31.X series is available in the software. The user can browse the material and verify, review all the material property values. 

Any discussion about the background or source of the material properties is very quickly done with the material properties being completely open to the user. The standard materials are controlled by Red-Bag, user material can be added in a separate section of the database.

The PCC software comes with a complete set of dimension standards for the piping components. Searching for the dimensions of the pipe class components is not necessary anymore because line sizes, wall thickness, outside dimensions are all available. This saves the engineer many waisted hours finding and entering this data in the application. 

Some of the dimension standards included are:

  • ASME B16.5
  • ASME B16.9
  • ASME B16.10
  • ...
  • DIN 2605-1
  • DIN 2605-2
  • ...
  • EN 1514-1
  • EN 1514-2
  • ...

 and many more.

The PCC software calculates all components in one run. This feature saves the engineer many hours checking detail calculations per component per design condition. The calculation codes include:

  • AD2000 (Germany)
  • ASME B31.1 (USA and international)
  • ASME B31.3 (USA and international)
  • ASME B31.4 (USA and international)
  • ASME B31.8 (USA and international)
  • EN 1594  (European Union and international)
  • EN 13480-3 (European Union and international)
  • EN 3650 (European Union and international)
  • RToD (Netherlands)

This list of calculations can be extended depending the customer requirements.

Special calculations are available which are outside the scope of above calculation codes. It is sometimes necessary to use pressure vessel calculations like the ASME VIII div.1 when special piping configurations are applicable. For example custom made flanges, these calculations are not part of the piping calculation codes or only for a limited set of flange types.