ODonnell Consulting

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering - OCE
We perform design, analysis and troubleshooting of aerospace components in elevated temperature and cryogenic conditions to determine structural integrity. We also perform structural dynamic analyses to predict loads and responses to environments including transient, random, and acoustic excitation.

Our 45+ years of experience has included the safety evaluation of complex hardware under repeated dynamic loads, including aircraft hard landings, dynamic catapult and landing loads on aircraft carriers, temperature effects on the Space Shuttle Main Engines and qualification test conditions of aerospace components.

We were asked to perform a dynamic analysis of the Hubble Space Telescope. We determined that vibrations were induced due to a fourth order function of the transverse ligaments in the base structure.

To see more of the projects we have worked on, see Portfolio.

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Hubble Telescope
Model of Hubble Frame

Recent Projects

  • Structural life prediction of rocket thrust chambers
  • Creep tensile instability analyses
  • Design and analysis of cryogenic piping and engines for NASA
  • Design and analysis of LOX, LIN and LAR systems
  • Failure analysis of a Boeing 737 flight control system
  • Failure analysis of aircraft components
  • Structural analyses of framework subjected to missile loads
  • Plastic and creep ratcheting analyses

A few examples include:

  • Nozzles
  • Assemblies
  • Aircraft Controls
  • Satellite Systems
  • Vessels
  • Cryogenic Systems
  • Antenna Systems
  • Military Systems

For a more comprehensive list of components we have worked on, see Industries Served. Resume summaries of our engineers are described in Our Team.

Related Services:
>> Finite Element Analysis
>> Vibration Analysis
>> Elevated Temperature Design & Analysis
>> Publications

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