Finite Element Analysis - O'Donnell Consulting

Finite element analysis (FEA) is used to perform design & (thermal/transient, stress, vibration & fatigue) analysis to ensure structural integrity, performance and reliability. The benefits of performing finite element analysis is to solve design challenges without arduous manual iterations or prototyping – as well as to optimize designs for weight and fabrication/cost savings.

Using ANSYS and other simulation software, we perform finite element analysis on pressure vessels, heat exchangers, piping and other process equipment in numerous applications – to ensure structural integrity and compliance to Codes including AWS, API and ASME.

  • Recent Projects

    • Stress Analysis
    • Seismic, Vibration & Fatigue
    • Component Life Assessment
    • Linear/ Nonlinear Analysis
    • Fracture Analysis
    • Heat Transfer
    • Thermal Cycling
    • Thermal/Transient
    • Buckling
    • Creep Response & Ratcheting

    Examples Include:

    • Autoclaves
    • Bellows
    • Skids
    • Supports
    • Lifting Devices
    • Fasteners
    • Petrochemical
    • Transportation
    • Aerospace
    • Energy
    • Military

    See Portfolio to see the various projects we’ve worked on. We perform finite element analysis to relevant Codes including API, AISC, ANSI, AWS and ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel. This includes:

    ASME B&PV Section III Class 1, 2 and 3 (Nuclear Power Plant Components)
    ASME B&PV Section VIII Div. 1 (Design & Fabrication of Pressure Vessels)
    ASME B&PV Section VIII Div. 2, Part 5 (Design by Analysis)
    ASME B&PV Section VIII Div. 3 (Alternative Rules for Construction of High-Pressure Vessels)
    ASME B&PV Section IX (Welding and Brazing Qualifications)
    ASME B&PV Section XI (Rules for Inspection of Nuclear Power Plants)
    ASME B31.1 (Power Piping)
    ASME B31.3 (Process Piping)
    ASME BTH-1 & B30.20 (Below the Hook)

    A few our software tools include Solidworks, PTC Creo, 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 are multi-disciplined in areas of materials, design, metallurgy and manufacturing – each with more than 25 years of experience.

    Give us a call – let’s talk about your engineering needs.

    Related Links:
    >> Description of Finite Element Analysis Method
    >> History of Finite Element Analysis
    >> Introduction to Fatigue
    >> History of the ASME Code
    >> Background on the ASME Code
    >> Links to Engineering Codes

    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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