SolidWorks Simulation - Benefits for Process Equipment Design Engineers

Process Equipment Design Validation - Why is it required?

Process equipment Designers rely on relevant Standards and Codes, such as ASME Section VIII Division II (Pressure Vessels), BS, API, EJMA, TEMA to size designs and arrive at Factors of Safety based on selection of material and permissible/ operating stresses.  Such Design calculations are a pre-requisite for any further refinement in design.  The Codes and Standards have, over a period of time, started to stress the importance of Finite Element Analysis as an effective design validation tool and incorporating the same in their recent revisions.

While there is no contention on the efficacy of the Codes and Standards, it is imperative to incorporate emerging and proven technoloiges that are available today to provide the best possible designs to customers while addressing cost and safety challenges.  These are the areas that SolidWorks Simulation helps deliver early in the design process.

Process Equipment Design engineering team needs to ask itself the following questions:
  • Would a customer buy an over-designed equipment at a higher cost?
  • Is the life of an equipment, delivered under warranty, known before supply?
  • Are all the failure modes of the equipment known and validated before supply to end customer?
  • If a 10% savings in material is possible with Design Validation, will this turn into higher profitability?
  • What is the technical superiority over other Vendors delivering the same equipment at a lesser cost?
  • Would a customer be willing to pay more if he is empowered with Simulation reports showing higher life, better efficiency and lower run-time cost?

Products and Equipments Developed using SolidWorks Simulation

Environmental Tanks
Heat Exchangers
Steam Generators
Pressure Vessel
Piping Systems
Expansion Joints - Metallic and Non-Metallic
Rotating Equipments
Quench Column & Distillation Column
Aeration Tanks
Comparison to ASME codes for nozzles
Valves and Regulators
Coolers, Chillers and Temperature Regulators

Capability Matrix of SolidWorks Simulation for Process Equipment Design Validation

Functional Capability
SolidWorks Premium
Simulation Professional
Simulation Premium
SolidWorks Flow Simulation
Assembly Static Simulation for stresses and deflections for pressure vessels, tanks, agitators and equipments including Hydro-testing
Available Available
Mechanism Simulation for actuators,  valve regulators and other actuationg devices
Available Available Available
Welded Structure Simulation for support structures, welded joints
Available Available Available
Product Failure Prediction for nozzles, piping, pressure vessels and equipments

Available Available
Compare and Optimize Alternative Designs

Available Available
Estimate Natural Frequencies of compressors, agitators, fans and rotating parts

Available Available
Predict Linear Buckling Loads for axially loaded structures including limit load calculations

Available Available
Heating and Cooling Simulation of thermic fluids, heat exchangers, heating elements, chillers, piping systems, expansion joints, cooling of acids and lyes

Available Available
Drop Test Simulation

Available Available
Repeated Loading Simulation for cyclically loaded assemblies - Life Prediction for rotating parts, process loads and vibratory equipments

Available Available
Forced Vibration Simulation - Harmonic excitation of prime movers, pumps, blowers and other moving parts, Seismic vulnerability check for process plant equipments

Non-linear Dynamics for seals, elastomeric parts, rubber isolators

Simulate Plastic Parts

Fluid Flow Simulation for heat exchangers, process sub-systems,  centrifuges, cyclone separators, dust collectors, ESP's, valves, pumps and other plant equipments