Life Assessment of Valve Component Subjected to Internal Pressure Loading

Case Highlights:
Client : Process Equipment Manufacturer, India
The Objective : Analyzing valve component subjected to internal pressure for fatigue cyclic loading.

Challenges:

  • Determining loading conditions to perform static structural analysis
  • Obtaining accurate S-N curve to estimate fatigue life cycle
  • Selecting suitable elements in meshing to capture accurate deformation

Solution: The finite element analysis to estimate fatigue life cycle of the valve component was performed. The results based on the S-N curve showed that the valve component design was found to be safe for 14000 pressure loading cycles.

Life Assessment of Valve Component
Life Assessment of Valve Component

Control valves in process industries are often subjected to cyclic pressure loadings causing premature failure, leading towards frequent replacement. As such, designing the valves require considering the effects of fatigue loading cycle to evaluate its life cycle.

Process equipment manufacturer from India approached Hi-Tech to seek assistance in evaluating the design of their newly developed valve component subjected to internal pressure loading cycles using simulation techniques.

Solution:

The valve component was analyzed using finite element method to determine the structural strength against the internal pressure loading. In order to assess the fatigue life cycle, the data from the S-N curve for the component material was utilized. The results showed that the mean stress value during 14000 pressure loading cycles was well within the acceptable range. Hence, the valve component design was predicted to behave safe during the expected life cycle without premature failure.

Benefits:

  • Considerably reduced prototyping trials to evaluate useful life cycle of the component
  • Better insights on design modifications for alternate applications
  • Reduced manufacturing time

About Hi-Tech

Hi-Tech FEA is a division of Hi-Tech iSolutions LLP, a pioneer engineering outsourcing company since 1992 based in India & USA. It provides expert Computer Aided Engineering - CAE consulting services for engineering / product design analysis by modeling & simulation.

The primary services extended include Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA), product design optimization and value engineering services to Automotive, Building / Construction, Process industry, Power Generation, Manufacturing & Heavy Engineering industries.