Structural integrity assessment is a multidisciplinary area that aims to identify and quantify the effect of applied loads and the aggressiveness of the operational environment in service life decay of the equipment.
Símeros offers to the market, through a capacitated team and complete laboratorial infrastructure, the application of techniques that can be used individually or together, which make up the process of structural integrity assessment of equipment. Amongst them:
CAD/CAE modelling – Aims to reproduce computationally the applied loads and geometrical deterioration evidenced in operation, thus, quantifying the stress concentrations that can lead the failure or accelerated service life decay of the equipment.
Instrumentation – Consists in install in the equipment one or more sensors that can capture the variation and the intensity of physical phenomena, like pressure, force, temperature, strain, displacement, acceleration, flow, pH among others.
Monitoring – Aims to register sporadically or uninterruptedly signals from the instrumentation sensors.
Data processing – Applied with the monitoring, the data processing offers the visualization of the signals’ behavior in time and allows reports to be emitted about the response of the equipment while under load and in an aggressive operational environment.
Experimental tests – Are used to verify design methodologies, performance and failure modes development in a specimen, component, prototype, or in the equipment itself within a controlled environment that aims to faithfully reproduce the work environment.
Dissections – Investigative technique, usually applied in the equipment that were already under loads, which aims to identify and register regions where premature or intense degradation occur. The dissections also aim to collect samples that may contain information about the causes of the deterioration.
Failure analysis – Evaluation of samples extracted from regions of the equipment, usually removed during dissection, where evidences of deterioration or failure are present. The failure analysis allows constructing a hypothesis about the failure mechanisms and their causes, generating relevant information to the product engineering.
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