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.