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Life Cycle Engineering Analysis

Life cycle engineering analysis is a specialized process which is used for analysing those mechanical products that are involved with cyclic processes. A part of Finite Element Analysis, it is mainly used for calculating fatigue life of pressure component. In many parts of the world, cycle life analysis of pressurized components is essential as a requirement for provincial registration.

In any pressurized component, the maximum allowed stress in generally 2x to 4x the allowable design stress. Flange necks, Knuckles, heads, nozzle, and shell junctions are the main areas where the stresses are maximum. Not all of these loads affect the cycle life of the component. Stresses caused by flange seating loads or support loads do not fluctuate; however there are other loads that need to be taken into consideration.

  • Temperature difference
  • Operation less than full design pressure
  • Design of nozzle
  • Type and quality of weld
  • Stresses due to corner joints
  • Heavy Fluctuation in pressure

At FEA Outsouring, we understand that to calculate the accurate fatigue stress generated in any component, analysis at both pressure and vacuum case is to be taken into consideration. Our extensive experience along with our advanced tools helps us to model and analyse even the most complex shape.

Cycle life analysis is extremely important for safety and extended life of the product. Moreover, when components handling high pressures are used, the safety of the people is of prime importance. It not only helps in analyzing the stressed areas but also provides suggestions for optimization of design and operation of the component.