Finite Element Analysis

Performing finite element analysis (stress, thermal, vibration & fatigue) of equipment – ensuring structural integrity, performance and reliability. This includes the design of new equipment and the analysis of existing equipment – to Engineering Codes including AWS, API and ASME.

The benefits of performing finite element analysis (FEA) include:
>>> Determining a structure’s response to mechanical, vibratory and other loads, thus solving design challenges without arduous manual iterations or prototyping
>>> Optimizing designs for weight and fabrication/ cost savings

We have performed FEA on numerous components including pressure vessels, bellows, heat exchangers, decanters and skids – whether determining why they prematurely failed,  or to ensure they last intended design life.

We also perform FEA to develop repair procedures on welded & non-welded structures – as well as on complex structures in elevated temperatures that may have thermal/transient and elastic/plastic stress effects. Our (design, analysis & troubleshooting) projects include applications in the energy, mining, petrochemical industries.

Finite Element Analysis of Busway
400 Amp Busway
Finite Element Analysis - Feedwater Heater
Feedwater Heater
Finite Element Analysis - Vapor Recovery Skid
Recovery Base Skid
  • Recent Projects

  • Types of FEA Analysis

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

    Examples Include:

    • 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)

    See a comprehensive list of available Engineering Codes & Standards. A few our software tools include Solidworks, Inventor and AutoCAD and ANSYS. FEA 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 talk about your engineering needs.

    Finite Element Analysis Related Links

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

    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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