Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Services

FEA of Feedwater Heater

Finite Element Analysis

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Services to Ensure Equipment Integrity, Safety & Reliability 

Finite Element Analysis is a software tool used for structural analysis – providing an accurate prediction of how a component (or a complex assembly) responds under various types of loads (such as mechanical force, thermal / transients and vibration).

We provide Finite Element Analysis services on vessels, heat exchangers, skids and other power / process / manufacturing equipment. Stress, thermal, vibration, and fatigue analysis techniques are used to ensure equipment structural integrity, performance, safety and reliability. We perform both design/ analysis of new equipment and analysis of operating equipment to codes including AWS, API, and ASME. The benefits of FEA Analysis includes:

  • Creating a Stronger, Safer Product – components often fail prematurely in fatigue. FEA determines where weaknesses are, and is used to create a stronger design
  • Reducing Unneeded Material – low stressed areas add needless weight & cost to the part
  • Determining the Strength of a Part – FEA Analysis predicts under what conditions an object will fail and whether it will meet code 
Thermal FEA Model of Electrical Busway
400 Amp Busway
Finite Element Analysis - Feedwater Heater
Feedwater Heater
Stress & Fatigue Analysis of Vapor Recovery Skid
Recovery Base Skid

We Perform FEA Analysis on a Wide Range of Components, including Formula One Brake Rotors, Furnaces, Conveyors, Vessels, and Welded/Non-welded Assemblies Operating in Ambient & Extreme Environments. Should Equipment Have Limited Life, we Develop Improved Designs and/or Repair Procedures.

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  • Types of Finite Element Analysis


    Examples Include:

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

    Partial List of ASME Codes We Reference

    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


    Give us a Call to Discuss Your Engineering Challenges.

    Finite Element Analysis Related Links

    >> Tom O’Donnell, PE
    >> Description of Finite Element Analysis 
    >> History of Finite Element Analysis
    >> Vibration & Fatigue 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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