Using Engineering Analysis to Predict Fatigue Life of Critical Pipework

Speaker: Dr Simon Rees, Norton Straw Consultants

Date: 20-02-2019

Location: Leeds Wizu Workspace

Other Notes: the event was co-hosted with Leeds Digital Drinks, who are a Leeds based networking group who like the IMechE organize free events in Leeds for the technology sector

Event Agenda:

  • 17:30 - 18:00: Arrival food, drinks & networking
  • 18:00 - 18:20: Jujar Panesar - CentDS: an introduction to the IMechE and the Process Industries Division, Yorkshire
  • 18:20 - 18:30: Ashton Wesley & Owen Williams - Leeds Digital Drinks: Exciting Leeds events for 2019
  • 18:30 - 19:00: Dr Simon Rees - Norton Straw Consultants: Using Engineering Analysis to Predict Fatigue Life of Critical Pipework
  • 19:00 - 19:30: Floor open to questions & further networking

Review:

  • Guests arrived between 17:30 and 18:00 and in that time they networked with each other and ate food courtesy of a local catering company called Lean Lunch.
  • At 18:00 everyone was ushered into the plenary presentation room, where Jujar Panesar opened the event and gave an introduction to the IMechE and the Process Industries Division, Yorkshire.
  • Ashton Wesley & Owen Williams gave a short introduction to Leeds Digital Drinks, and future events they have planned for 2019, and where there would be overlap between digital technology and engineering.
  • Dr Simon Rees from Norton Straw Consultants gave the keynote lecture to the audience.
  • He first talked about critical pipework, such as those found in oil and gas, and how the pipework is designed to Energy Institute Standards.
  • Then he talked about flow induced vibration and acoustically induced vibration in the pipework and how they effect the operating envelope of the pipework.
  • He mentioned the difficulty of trying to prevent both phenomena once the plant had been commissioned.
  • He talked about how simulation techniques such as finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics are used to predict flow and acoustically induced vibration and limit their destructive effects to pipework in critical plant.
  • He also mentioned the success of novel methods they have developed to help predict this phenomenon.
  • The talk was followed by in depth Q&A from the audience including two students who were eager to learn more. The feedback was fantastic and the catering (Lean Lunch) was well received.

Jujar Panesar

Process Industries Division, Yorkshire



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