First Vibration & Fatigue Workshops Delivered

This year saw Mechsafe’s Matt Rudas deliver the first Vibration & Fatigue Analysis for Engineers workshops on behalf of the Engineering Training Institute Australia. Thanks to all who attended both the first session, and the second, which was added in response to the large demand for the workshop. Due to Covid, the workshops were delivered online via Zoom, but this did not stop great student participation on topics that were obviously of great interest.

The workshop was designed to introduce fundamental concepts of vibration and fatigue analysis to engineers. Vibration topics covered included modal (natural frequency) analysis, response spectrum analysis and vibration analysis of machinery (condition monitoring). The fatigue sessions started by introducing basic concepts such as fatigue life models, mean stress effects, variable amplitude loading, cycle counting and factors influencing fatigue life. The workshop concluded by showing how the main fatigue design codes in use in Australia today, AS4100 and BS7608, should correctly be used in terms of the classification of details, calculations of stress ranges, modifications to S-N curves and environmental considerations.

If you missed out this year, visit the ETIA website for a full list of upcoming courses.


FEA workshop and long term strain monitoring ended

Once again, Matt Rudas is presenting a one-day workshop on Finite Element Analysis, being run by the Engineering Training Institute Australia. Click here for dates. This workshop was first held in 2018 and proved very popular, being well attended in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. This year, the workshop is also being run for the first time in Melbourne. Come along to learn from seasoned experts on all aspects of FEA such as model and element type selection, using analysis checklists, working to codes and standards, FEA report writing and, most importantly, error checking and verification of results. Matt also covers the use of FEA in strain gauging, fatigue, impact, non-linear buckling and plasticity analyses.

In other Mechsafe news, we have recently ended the long term strain monitoring at an iron ore port facility in the north-west of Western Australia. Mechsafe spent over a year collecting strain data remotely from Perth with the aim of fine tuning performance of car dumpers, train indexers and wheel grippers at the port’s train unloading facility. Mechsafe carried out detailed numerical analysis of the machines using the gathered strain data to provide feedback on operational changes in real time.

Contact Mechsafe to discuss your next analysis or monitoring project.

Monitoring Machines

Monitoring of industrial machinery for loads, stresses and other variables (e.g. temperature, pressure) can provide valuable information for the optimization of operational parameters and to ensure that machines function reliably, without compromising life through overload or misuse. Mechsafe specializes in the provision of monitoring services of critical machinery where SCADA systems have not been utilized. Operational data is collected and monitored and used as feedback to the operator to fine tune the performance of the system based on real data rather than theoretical design outputs.

Monitoring can last anywhere between several days and several months using batteries and solar panels for the provision of power in remote installations. Sensors can be activated, or put to sleep remotely to allow data collection at specific times – for example when new operational parameters are being trialled. Wireless telemetry equipment allows fast installation with minimum site disruptions.

Mechsafe can process collected data in near real time to provide machine kinematic, load, fatigue damage, wear and other data so that machine performance can be optimized for reliable, long term operation. Mechsafe has successfully deployed systems in remote and harsh environments with clear advantages to the clients. Contact Mechsafe to discuss how we can help with your critical machines and equipment.

Equipment Integrity & Fracture Mechanics

Fracture mechanics is often thought of as being related to the imminent failure of equipment containing cracks through brittle fracture. But the information that a fracture mechanics assessment can yield is a whole lot more than just a critical load, or a critical crack size, that is predicted to cause catastrophic failure.

Welcome to Mechsafe Engineering

Mechsafe Engineering is Perth, Western Australia’s newest specialist engineering consulting firm. We are a seasoned and talented team of engineers – our analysis methods are complex but our goal is simple: we want to help you obtain the best design for – and life from – your mechanical structures and equipment. We offer general mechanical and structural design and verification services, however we specialise in the following main areas:

  • general and advanced structural and mechanical analysis using finite element method (FEA) and boundary element method (BEM) analysis
  • fatigue, weld fatigue, fracture, fatigue crack growth and failure analysis
  • engineering critical and fitness-for-service assessments
  • pressure vessel and storage tank design
  • strain gauging and condition monitoring
  • reliability, availability and maintainability analysis
  • cathodic protection and corrosion analysis using boundary element method (BEM) analysis

We serve the construction, mining, oil & gas, processing, railway, aerospace, defence and marine industries and we look forward to assisting you with your next project.