PV Elite

Pressure Vessel & Heat Exchanger Designer


PV Elite® is a complete solution for vessel and heat exchanger design,  analysis and evaluation. The program is easy to learn and use so it is perfect for users requiring fast start-up and confidence in their safety code calculations. PV Elite considers the whole vessel, addressing  all of the wall thickness rules and stress analysis requirements for vertical towers, horizontal vessels and heat exchangers. It also evaluates and re-rates existing vessels, including Fitness for Service analysis.   

Improve Productivity​

Because the program is easy to learn and use, it is perfect for both regular and occasional users requiring fast start-up and confidence in their safety code calculations.

Save Time

Benefit from faster workflows thanks to tubesheet design and analysis, rectangular and non-circular vessel analysis and individual component analysis.

Ensure Data Accuracy

Boost confidence in your safety code calculations with the software's design tool and wizard, plus comprehensive error checking.

Data Collection

PV Elite Streamlines data entry by breaking the input down into sensible subsets.


Graphical representation of analysis models helps ensure confidence in the input and results. Users can view and manipulate models with complete ease.

Analysis Options

Perform calculations per ASME Section vill Div. 1&2, PD 5500, EN 13455 and API 579(FFS) and generate retirement limits for ASME and Division I.

Why Choose PV Elite? 

Interview with Scott Mayeux, a principal developer for PV Elite .

PV Elite® Vessel and Heat Exchanger Design, Analysis and Evaluation

PV Elite® is your complete solution for vessel and heat exchanger design, analysis and evaluation. Users of PV Elite have confidently designed equipment for the most extreme uses and have done so quickly, accurately and profitably.    

Data Collection  

PV Elite makes defining pressure boundary conditions for vessels and exchangers easy, even for load sets that require significant data input. PV Elite streamlines data entry by breaking the input down into sensible subsets; help on any input item is only a keystroke away.   


Cutting-Edge Graphics  

PV Elite’s graphical representation of analysis models helps ensure confidence in the input and results. With PV Elite, you can view and manipulate analysis models with complete ease.    


Advanced Analysis and Reporting  

To simplify inspection requirements, PV Elite lists the most important equations such as required thickness and maximum allowable working pressure (MAWP) and also groups results by type (e.g. internal pressure, external pressure, bending stress, nozzles and flanges). Overall results are summarized where the element or detail controlling the overall vessel MAWP is identified. Quickly send analysis results to output reports or export results to the file format of your choice (Word or PDF).    


Materials and Codes   

PV Elite is a global package with international code rules plus extensive regionspecific content. Vessel material definitions, piping and steel component data, local wind loads, and local seismic loads of many regional markets are all included.    

Powerful Integration Capabilities 

PV Elite shares a bi-directional link to CADWorx® Equipment module allowing the flow of data and model from design to analysis and back. PV Elite also shares links to other Intergraph  SmartPlant suite products. For the generation of fabrication drawings, the free PV Elite plugins provide a path to import a PV Elite model into 3D Solid Modelers, including all analysis data to easily generate 2D drawings, including annotations with data directly from the analysis model. Plugins are available for Dassault SOLIDWORKS® and Autodesk Inventor®. PV Elite also interfaces with other popular software packages for finite element analysis, Heat Transfer thermal design, foundation design and drafting.    


  • ASME Section VIII Divisions 1 & 2  
  • API 579 FFS  
  • WRC 107, 297, 537, 538  
  • EN 13445  
  • PD 5500  
  • EN 1591 Advanced Flange Design Standard  
  •  STS-1 ASME Steel Stack Standard  
  • PCC-1 Appendix O Bolted Flange Joint Assembly  

Component Design & Evaluation 

PV Elite includes CodeCalc for quick and efficient component design and evaluation.   

User Interface   

The interactive user interface in PV Elite presents only what is needed at each point of information gathering. Therefore, the user is not burdened with “out of sequence” requirements of information needed for the analysis.     

Equations and Substitutions   

The software provides equations and substitutions, making it effortless for the user to verify the accuracy in the calculations presented in the reports.    

Application Areas   

Beverage, Brewing, Chemical, Equipment , Food, Offshore, Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical, Piping, Power, Process and Plant Design, Shipbuilding, Water Treatment and others.    

PV Elite is an efficient analysis tool for a wide range of applications.