Develop Reliable Heavy Industrial Equipment with Simulation
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Develop Reliable Heavy Industrial Equipment with Simulation

Sep 28, 2016 -- Heavy industrial equipment manufacturers often find it challenging to shrink the design development time and bring reliable equipment for their end customers. They also require keeping a check on cost, in order to remain competitive in the market. While you might be a manufacturer of drilling rigs for oil and gas industry or a manufacturer of platforms and structural towers, adopting simulation can bring significant benefits for you in bringing your designs at the right time in the market and also remaining cost-effective.

In many cases, people believe that simulation can only tackle one problem at a time. However, with tools like ANSYS Mechanical, you don’t have to prioritize the issues and can get rid of multiples at a time. This tool can be utilized to perform finite element analysis to evaluate the product design subjected to multiple physics. Through simulation, you can predict the structural strength of the equipment or a structure, and its effect on performance.

For our client in Australia, we performed structural assessment of tower system subjected to different hydrodynamic and wind loading conditions using ANSYS Mechanical. Through finite element analysis, structural integrity and performance characteristics of the tower system was evaluated by applying wind and hydrodynamic loading conditions. The results showed that the structure design was safe for the specified loading conditions with required factor of safety.

Structural analysis of tower system subjected to wind and hydrodynamic loads using ANSYS

We not only performed linear structural analysis on the entire structure but also on critical components of the structure. This allowed the client to focus on areas of the structure that required critical attention. Through simulation, client was able to improve the design quality prior to actual manufacturing, and hence develop confidence in delivering reliable product to the customer.

Stress and deformation at joints and bolted connections of the tower system

Using ANSYS Mechanical, it is possible to evaluate even the smallest flaw in the design, which might be stretching the development time and cost unnecessarily. Determining these flaws can help you in improving the durability and performance of your equipment design, which in turn leads to another happy customer.

At Hi-Tech, we have helped manufacturers of industrial equipment as well as heavy machineries to realize their product’s promise through our capabilities and experience in finite element analysis using ANSYS Mechanical. You can reach out to us for your specific project requirements, visit us at to know more on how we can help you in developing strong, durable and efficient products for your customers cost-effectively.

About Author:

Kashyap Vyas is an Engineer at Hi-Tech CADD Services and holds a Master’s degree in Thermal Engineering with several research papers to his credit. He covers CAD and CAE topics for the engineering industry. His contributions are primarily focused on encouraging manufacturers and suppliers to adopt virtual product development tools to build efficient products with reduced time-to-market.