ASME Pressure Vessel Design Software - 3 Key Questions Answered

CEI has been in the industry for 30 years, participating in the ASME Code and Standards committees for nearly 15 years. Our engineers understand how to make ASME Pressure Vessel Design Software that saves our clients frustration, time and money. Involvement in ASME meetings helps us be certain that our software contains the right rules to eliminate costly research for a specific Code Year.

 In this article, we address three very simple questions that we trust will help someone looking to design smarter, faster, cheaper and safer! These answers are based upon the knowledge we’ve gained across the years, providing the capabilities and content required by people that need ASME Code assistance. 


#1 Who needs ASME Pressure Vessel Design Software?

  • Anyone that designs pressure vessels for food, sanitary, pharmaceutical, or oil and gas industries
  • Anyone designing a pressure retaining component that's going to be stamped with ASME Code
  • Anyone that wants to design a vessel to a standard outside of ASME code or combining codes
  • Vessel owners could potentially use code assistance for re-rating tanks
  • Sales Engineer doing vessel estimates for bids
  • Professional Engineers needing code assistance to validate the design

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#2 What Problems does Pressure Vessel Design Software Address?

Most of DesignCalcs Code coverage comes from ASME Section VIII. The primary issue with pressure vessel design is staying compliant with ASME Code as it is updated every two years. When you add in wind and seismic calculations covered by UBC, IBC, ASCE, and other various Codes, that can be updated on different cycles than ASME; the issue becomes even more complex.

Keeping track of all the changes that occur between Code Years can be cumbersome when you think about all that goes into designing a pressure vessel such as nozzles, heads, shells, support structures, flanges, fittings, and materials. Those changes can even cross over into your welding requirements, impacting base metals, filler metals, and the P numbers of those metals.

Related: Download the ASME Weld Number Tables – P number base &  F number filler

DesignCalcs removes the frustration of compliance research requirements for the designer. Code compliance is confirmed as the pressure vessel is being designed, eliminating guesswork and saving time. Built within the software are all the changes related to the most recent pressure vessel design code revisions.


#3 How to select ASME Pressure Vessel Design Software?

It's easy to see that a designer can work more efficiently when you choose DesignCalcs software. Doing the calculations by hand can take exponentially more time than using an application to run the calculations. Users can set up an Excel spreadsheet, a Mathcad file, or something like that to run those calculations. But maintaining those to remain compliant and making sure you haven't made a mistake is a risky and time-consuming effort.

“Especially as Authorized Inspectors require that the basis of design calculation used is compliant and proven, which can be more challenging to justify with home grown tools.” 

CEI has established quality control procedures in place to capture and integrate the latest code revisions directly in DesignCalcs. The easy to read report formats generated by the software allow for quick verification in comparison to relevant pressure vessel design code. The algebraic report format makes it easy for the user and the Authorized Inspector to validate the software. 

The time spent designing a vessel can become quite an investment when you need to get a quote to a customer. DesignCalcs is software designed by engineers for engineers with the goal of eliminating unnecessary calculations and input of data that isn’t relevant to your design. Regarding ease of use, our customers tell us that DesignCalcs is the strongest in the market.

The return on investment is very quick, as you can start designing vessels after a 30-minute training webinar. For example, watch the below video to see how a basic ASME code compliant vessel design can be done in under 2 minutes.



Over 1000 companies are using our field-proven software, to design pressure vessels with recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices. Combine this real-world feedback with CEI’s continued investment in attending Code meetings to gain awareness of the intent behind the Code. We don’t just focus on the letter of the ASME Code but help you understand the practical and cost-effective application in your designs. These are just a few of the important factors as to why users select DesignCalcs from CEI.

Tired of frustration and wasted time? Interested in trying DesignCalcs, the industry leader in ASME Pressure Vessel Design Software? If you’d like to put DesignCalcs through its paces, click here to request your free DesignCalcs free trial now.

You can, of course, call us or contact us through the website, where we’d welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have on this post.


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Written by Mike Harnett

Mike graduated with honors from William Jewell College. After working in the technology field for Sprint, TechSystems, and H&R Block, joining CEI in 2002. With extensive experience leading agile software projects that meet the complex demands of the Construction and Telecom industries.

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