Pipe Flow Expert

Pipe Flow Expert

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Video tutorial and screenshots

  • Main window
  • Results Colors
  • Node Updates
  • Pipe Settings
  • Units Options
  • Labelling Options
  • SI Client
  • Main Window
  • About Window

Editorial review


Margie Smeer Senior editor

The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 5.1
Pipe Flow Expert was created for professionals in hydraulics engineering field in order to help them design pipe networks. The program develops pipe system models, analyzes their variables, and calculates pressure and other related parameters.
Moreover, it includes comprehensive documentation that might come in handy for the beginner users.

In my opinion, Pipe Flow Expert can also be used by engineering students as a tool that simulates various hydraulics systems. The program offers various pipe system examples which they can use for a better understanding of this complex engineering area. For example, a water cooling system works properly only at specific flow rates and pressure levels. The user is able to calculate these parameters with just one button click.

The graphical user-interface of Pipe Flow Expert is well organized, allowing the users to add or remove panels and toolbars with ease. Also, when it comes to measurement units, this application is able to easily convert metric units to imperial ones and vice-versa.

It should be mentioned that Pipe Flow Expert comes at a quite high price, but in my opinion, it is worth the money.


  • It is a tool for professionals.
  • Organized user-interface.
  • Offers a lot of features.


  • Quite expensive.

What's new in version 5.1

1) New Automatic PDF Report Generation.
Now supports generation of customized PDF reports
Cover sheet generation with capability to add your own logo
Scalable vector drawing of the pipe schematic for high resolution printing
Customizable tabulated results for fluids, pumps, pipes, nodes and energy information
Create professional PDF report documents with just a few clicks of your mouse
Great for customer presentations and documenting your pipe design

2) Generate a scalable PDF document containing just the pipe schematic.
Provides a high quality vector drawing of your pipe system for high resolution printing

Support for Cv and Kv Flow Coefficients:

3) New Component allows specification of valve data using Cv and Kv flow coefficients
Calculated solution solves for flow and pressure loss based on a manufacturer specified Cv or Kv value
Warns of potential choked flow when considering gas flow with high pressure drop
Includes helper for determining a Cv or Kv value based on flow versus pressure loss performance

4) New component symbols added for Cv, Kv, and general control valve type.
Useful for visual enhancement of the component being modelled
Note: Display symbols do not affect the results calculations

Increased Screen Resolution Capability

5) Now supports drawing area display resolution up to 1920 x 1260 pixels
Provides enhanced experience for users with large wide screen monitors

Enlarged Drawing Sheet:

6) Now supports drawing sheet scale of 7100 x 5000 pixels
Increased size of drawing sheet now provides 2.75 times larger drawing area
More space available when designing large scale system drawings

Enhanced Fluid Database:

7) Increased size of fluid database and number of fluid data points supplied.
Now includes over 400 fluid data points in total with ability to calculate additional entries.
Fluid database can now be sorted using the fluid pressure field

Enhanced Pipe Database:

8) Increased size of pipe database and number of pipe materials and sizes supplied.
New pipe material / schedules for an additional 15 types of pipe
Over 180 new rows of pipe material/size data in total
Includes pipe data for steel schedule 10, 20, 30, 40, 60, 80 100, 120, 140
Includes pipe data updates for galvanized steel specifications
Includes pipe data for SANS 62 and SANS 719 specifications

Additional Free Text Annotations:

9) Increased number of permitted annotations to allow up to 1000 Text items
Each Text item now supports up to 25000 characters (previously was 250 characters per item)
Now support fast click & edit of text items in design mode without having to use the text tool

Additional Pump Data:

10) Pump suction and discharge pressure added to Pumps Tab in the results spreadsheet
Pump suction and discharge pressure now shown when hovering over a pump on results drawing

Other Updates:

11) New Common Modelling Solutions example demonstrates how to model common pipe system scenarios

12) Closed pipes now shown in pipe drop down list

13) .pfe files can now be double clicked to automatically run Pipe Flow Expert and open the file

14) Various other useability enhancements

Publisher's description

Pipe Flow Expert is a software application for designing and analyzing complex pipe networks where the flows and pressures must be balanced to solve the system. An Intuitive User Interface that is best-in-class & easy to use. The Darcy-Weisbach method provides accurate results for non-compressible fluids.
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