Jōb Industrial Services, an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company serving the oil and gas, power, materials and chemical industries, has added Ansys Engineering Simulation Software: Ansys Fluent and Ansys Mechanical, to its capabilities. This enables the full-service EPC firm to perform advanced finite element analysis/computational fluid dynamic (FEA/CFD) analysis and directly implement results into its engineering designs.
Ansys is an FEA/CFD software that virtually simulates physical phenomenon (flow, reactions, heat transfer, thermal expansion, stress, etc.) in a defined physical system using mathematical numerical methods. The software is used to create a virtual model of the desired system/equipment, discretising the model domain into millions of small elements/cells. Then, the software uses numerical methods to iteratively solve a set of complex differential equations for every one of these cells. Once all cells have converged, a system solution can be visualised in 3D.
FEA/CFD adds value in all phases of project work from evaluating existing equipment for fitness-for-service and troubleshooting to optimally designing new equipment. Traditionally, firms that perform this work focus exclusively on FEA engineering, meaning that although they are capable of performing the FEA/CFD analysis, the detailed design portion requires the services of an external EPC firm.
Lisa Tyree, vice president – sales and marketing, Jōb, explains, “Jōb is now one of only a few EPC firms to have the capability to perform FEA/CFD analysis and directly implement those results into its engineering designs. This results in less back and forth between companies, more efficient schedules, project cost savings and better designs. These cutting-edge simulation tools provide significant value to our customers in solving complicated static-structural, thermal and flow-related problems and are exceedingly useful in the design process when design standards, correlations or applicable codes are not available. Furthermore, they can be applied when codes and standards do exist, but design constraints require that the conservatism associated with these general standards be removed. Similarly, FEA/CFD can serve as a third-party evaluation, which can drive project costs down and illuminate potential problems before construction begins.”