Update history​

CYPEFIRE Hydraulic Systems

Change of name of the program

As of the 2019.h version, “CYPEFIRE Sprinklers” becomes “CYPEFIRE Hydraulic Systems” due to the increase of the program’s abilities since the previous update.

The hydraulic analysis of fire hose reels and their checks were included in the 2019.g version, regardless of the existence of sprinklers in the installation.

Design of fire hose reels (FHR)

As of the 2019.g version, CYPEFIRE Sprinklers carries out an exhaustive analysis to design fire hose reels.

From the “General options” panel, users can access the data, which as of now, will be configured in the fire hose reel design:

  • Specific requirements for each space
    A section has been added to this panel for fire hose reel checks, where users can define the minimum pressure and flow checks.
  • Fire hose reel libraries
    When a new fire hose reel catalogue is defined, the hydraulic analysis is carried out using a fixed flow or by applying a discharge factor K.

Once the previous steps have been completed and the analysis has been carried out, the indicated checks can be seen for the fire hose reels.

Code configuration

In addition to the standards configured in the program, implemented in the 2019.f version of CYPEFIRE Sprinklers is the possibility to allow users to designfire protection installations using sprinklers by customising design configurations of other standards or providing their own technical configurations. Therefore, users have the option to modify standards that are already included in the program and to introduce the regulations that they wish.

To do so, the “Specific requirements button for each space” has been added in the “General data” section of the “General options” dialogue box, which opens another dialogue with the same name.

This dialogue may contain information or may be empty:

  • If a design code has been selected
    If users have previously selected one of the available design codes (represented in the "General Data" box by the flag of the country to which it corresponds), the types of spaces defined in it appear and can be edited to modify them as they please.
  • If no design codes have been chosen
    If users have not selected any design codes, the types of spaces that they deem necessary have to be included and their properties have to be defined (description, design options and sprinkler checks) in the “Specific requirements for each space” dialogue box.

The space data that is modified by users or the new data introduced can be saved and recovered in other projects using the buttons that appear below the code selection flags.

The specific requirements that can be configured for each space are:

  • Reference and description
    The information that defines the type of risk.
  • Design options
    The generic minimum checks that are carried out for this type of risk are defined in the design options, such as the design density, minimum flow, minimum pressure, minimum water supply period etc.
  • Checks to be met by the sprinklers
    The checks to be carried out on each type of sprinkler that is included in the program are specified here, such as the maximum and minimum distances between sprinklers, maximum and minimum distances between sprinklers and the wall, maximum and minimum protected areas, etc.

The “Pipes” and “Supports” sections are added in the “General data” dialogue box (“General options” > “General data”) where users can define the maximum separation between supports and the minimum allowable rod respectively.

Code for Singapore (CP 52:2004)

Since its first version, CYPEFIRE Sprinklers has designed hydraulic fire extinguishing networks in accordance with the "NFPA® 13" standard (National Fire Protection Association). In the 2019.f version, the program can design in accordance with the "CP 52: 2004" standard (Singapore Standard - Code of practice for automatic fire sprinkler system). In order to be able to select one or another standard, the flags of the countries corresponding to each code have been included in the "General Options" dialogue.

Code implementation. CP 52 : 2004 (Singapur)

Singapore Standard. Code of practice for automatic fire sprinkler system.

Implemented in CYPEFIRE Sprinklers.

64-bit Version

As of the 2019.f version, CYPE programs (those downloaded from our website and those downloaded from the BIMserver.center platform) are compiled for 64-bit systems. The 64-bit compilation of CYPE software implies the use of the superior features of 64-bit processors and operating systems compared to those of 32 bits.

Please bear in mind that you must have a 64-bit operating system to be able to work with any 64-bit software.

In any case and as a temporary measure, the 2019.f version is available in 64 and 32 bits on the download area of our webpage. The programs that can be downloaded from the BIMserver.center platform are only available in 64 bits. If you have a 64-bit operating system, you can work with either the 64-bit and 32-bit version of our software, although we strongly recommend that you install the 64-bit CYPE software version.

You can see which operating system is installed on your computer by clicking on "Control panel > System".

Since 64-bit microprocessors began to be massively introduced into personal computers from 2003 and from the Windows XP version, Microsoft already offers the two versions of its operating systems (32 and 64 bits). We understand that almost all our users will have computers with 64-bit processors (x64) and 64-bit operating systems.

It could occur that a user may wish to work with a computer with a 64-bit processor but with a 32-bit operating system. It would be very strange if the computer had a 32-bit processor (x86 - computers over 15 years old). If any of these is your case, we advise you to talk to your hardware or software provider to update your situation as soon as possible. However, you can download the 32-bit version and work with CYPE programs that can be downloaded from our website until your situation is up-to-date.

Notification of the requirement to have an automatic fire extinguishing installation

The way in which the requirements of an automatic fire extinguishing installation are notified for projects coming from CYPEFIRE Design and CYPEFIRE CTE has been updated.

Now, when users have defined a sprinkler installation in the previously mentioned applications, but it has not been defined in CYPEFIRE Sprinklers, an error will appear in the space in which it is lacking, warning of its inexistence and the program that has foreseen it.

When CYPEFIRE Sprinkler users introduce the automatic extinguishing installation, the error message, although in the information of the space, the program that has foreseen the requirement remains and informs the user whether it has been fulfilled.

Design method. Selection of the equation to calculate the pressure loss

The 2019.d version of CYPEFIRE Sprinklers allows users to select the pressure loss equation, either the “Hazen-Williams” or “Darcy-Weisbach” method, to apply when the sprinkler installation is analysed.

Upon selecting the pressure loss equation, other properties are defined, such as:

  • Specific gravity
    Ratio of the density of the fluid with respect to that of water at 4°C.

  • Relative viscosity
    Ratio of the kinematic viscosity of the fluid with respect to that of water at 20°C.

  • Precision
    Convergence criteria used to indicate that the solution to the non-linear equation has been found. The iterations end when the sum of all the changing flows divided by the sum of all the line flows is less than this number.

The Hazen-Williams analysis method is one of the most used methods due to its simplicity, but cannot be used for liquids other than water. The Darcy-Weisbach method, however, is more precise but more complex, because the friction factor has to be calculated. All these options can be edited and are located in the “General data” panel.

“Aquatherm Red Pipe” pipes catalogue

The 2019.d version of CYPEFIRE Sprinklers now includes Aquatherm’s “Aquatherm Red Pipe” catalogue in its pipes library.

The catalogue that has been introduced for the design is that of Aquatherm Red Pipe fire safety pipes, which consist of polypropylene random copolymer pipes, with an intermediate fibreglass layer, with a fire reaction classification, in accordance with UNE EN 1351-1, B s1 d0, red with green strips, manufactured in accordance with UNE EN-ISO 15874, with Technical Suitability Evaluation, in accordance with the “Reglamento de Instalaciones de Protección contra Incendios” RIPCI 2017, and homologated, amongst others, by FM, Technical Suitability Documents DIT 618/15 for installation with automatic sprinklers and DIT 617/15 for fire hose reels.

The Aquatherm catalogue can be incorporated into the project by selecting the Aquatherm logo located in the top part of the “Pipes catalogue” panel, and the import is carried out in the same way as for the other catalogues. Once imported, the data cannot be edited, as is done with the generic pipes catalogues, but their properties can be seen.

Reading of suspended ceilings defined in the BIM model

Open BIM Suspended ceilings (new program implemented in this version) exports the layout of the suspended ceilings of the project to the BIM model. Also in this version, CYPEFIRE Sprinklers can read the panels of the suspended ceilings from the BIM model and show them as a template in the floor plans of the project.

Thanks to this, users can view the position of the suspended ceilings on the floor plan and introduce the sprinkler system installation avoiding any collisions with the support elements of the suspended ceilings of the accessible panels.

Their visibility can be deactivated in “Layer management”, so not to hinder users in more advanced design phases.

3D view

The 2019.a version of CYPEFIRE Sprinklers includes the "3D View" button in the main menu of the program. This tool shows the 3D view of the BIM project in a new window. This 3D view is the same view that appears in the lower left-hand area of the screen, but the configuration of the visible elements and their perspective are independent in both views.

Equipment information in the 3D viewer of BIMserver.center

As of the 2019.a version, CYPEFIRE Sprinklers exports, to the BIM model, data on the elements used in the fire safety installation from the sprinklers that it designs. This data is included in a “.GLTF” format file that is used to show the model 3D both in the viewer that is integrated in the BIMserver.center web platform and in its application for mobile devices -App.

Thanks to this new feature, BIM project collaborators can obtain the following information regarding the elements that have been introduced in the project:

  • Sprinklers
    Reference, height, type, orientation and K-factor.
  • Pipes
    Reference, material, diameter and roughness.
  • Supports
    Reference, diameter and height.
  • Seismic supports
    Reference, angle at which it is placed and supported load.
  • Tanks
    Reference and volume.