Finite Element Analysis

Optimizing Equipment Reliability with Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Performing (stress, thermal, vibration & fatigue) finite element analysis of equipment, to ensure equipment structural integrity – maximizing performance and reliability. We offer both new equipment design/analysis and analysis of operating equipment to engineering codes including AWS, API, and ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel (B&PV).

The benefits of finite element analysis (FEA) include:

  • Determining a structure’s response to mechanical, vibratory and other loads, thus resolving issues without arduous manual iterations or prototyping
  • Resolving design challenges and optimizing designs for weight and fabrication/ cost savings

We have extensive experience in performing FEA on a wide range of components, including pressure vessels, bellows, heat exchangers, and welded/non-welded assemblies operating in extreme environments. If we find that equipment has a limited life, we develop improved designs and/or repair procedures to ensure longevity.

Thermal FEA Model of Electrical Busway
400 Amp Busway
Finite Element Analysis - Feedwater Heater
Feedwater Heater
Finite Element Analysis - Vapor Recovery Skid
Recovery Base Skid
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  • Types of FEA Analysis



    Examples Include:

    • Scrubbers
    • Cyclones
    • Storage Racks
    • Turbines
    • Autoclaves
    • Bellows
    • Structures
    • Supports
    • Lifting Devices
    • Fasteners
    • Petrochemical
    • Transportation
    • Aerospace
    • Energy
    • Military

    Partial List of ASME Codes We Perform

    B&PV Section III Class 1, 2 and 3 (Nuclear Power Plant Components)
    B&PV Section VIII Div. 1 (Design & Fabrication of Pressure Vessels)
    B&PV Section VIII Div. 2, Part 5 (Design by Analysis)
    B&PV Section VIII Div. 3 (Alternative Rules for Construction of High-Pressure Vessels)
    B&PV Section IX (Welding and Brazing Qualifications)
    B&PV Section XI (Rules for Inspection of Nuclear Power Plants)
    B31.1 (Engineering & Operation of Power Piping)
    B31.3 (Process Piping)
    B31.4 (Pipeline Transportation Systems for Liquids & Slurries)
    BTH-1 & B30.20 (Below the Hook Lifting Devices)
    API 579 / ASME 579-1 Fitness For Service

    See a comprehensive list of available Engineering Codes & Standards. A few our software tools include Solidworks, Inventor and AutoCAD and ANSYS. Finite element analysis requires a working knowledge of stress analysis and materials principles to get the answer right – the first time.

    Our team of engineers have PEs in numerous States, and are multi-disciplined in areas of materials, design, metallurgy & manufacturing – each with more than 30 years of experience.

    Give us a call to discuss your engineering challenges.

    Finite Element Analysis Related Links

    >> Tom O’Donnell, PE
    >> Description of Finite Element Analysis Method
    >> History of Finite Element Analysis
    >> Vibration Analysis
    >> Portfolio of Engineering & FEA Projects

    Learn from the experience of others. Especially when one such “other” is Dr. William O’Donnell, PhD, PE, Founder and President of O’Donnell Consulting Engineers, Inc., and ASME “Engineer of the Year” – his 50 years of experience in analysis of components including fatigue and fracture safety evaluations and failure analyses are now comprised in this volume.

    If you are interested learning more in Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Construction, as well as Failure Analysis, then this book is a must have!


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