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Engineering Specialties Used:
Design Support
Finite Element Analysis
Mechanism Analysis

A major oil company contracted with an offshore equipment manufacturer to develop a new one-of-a-kind piece of equipment. When the equipment buyer questioned the design of one of the safety components and its ability to function as required, a special analysis was needed to demonstrate that the component in question was adequately designed.

Finite Element Model
of a Safety Lock System

A three dimensional finite element model (FEM) was built of the locking mechanism in question to provide analysis support. The FEM was used to determine how the component behaved under design loads and whether or not a postulated undesirable rotation would occur for one of the parts. The FEM demonstrated the desirable behavior of the safety mechanism. Further, it predicted that the component was adequately designed per industry standards. Calculated stresses were compared to code limits and found to be acceptable. Based upon these findings, the parts were manufactured and tested successfully. This analysis satisfied the equipment buyer’s concern. After the design evaluation and successful testing of the safety mechanism, the equipment manufacturing activities continued on schedule.

Finite Element Model of a
Damper Blade Remediation Design


The client was able to validate the safety and functionality of their equipment design. The analysis and results presentation gave the manufacturer and equipment buyer the confidence to proceed with full scale fabrication and testing. Argos Engineers is ready to partner with your design team to analyze critical equipment components. 

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