Mechanical calculations and simulations
Writing software for cases that cannot be solved in standard simulation environments
In some situations, the exact phenomena at play cannot be easily modeled in existing software. This then requires construction of a custom FEA model to both explain current behavior and predict the outcome of design changes.
When the cause of deviant performance or of system failure is not well understood, an extensive analysis on all possible interactions between the internal system elements and the external environment is sometimes unavoidable. The amount of work involved in this type of endeavor may vary widely.
Specifically, in a cooling tower used in the food industry, tension build-up in the spiral belt in certain circumstances was not always well understood. The complex interactions between the elements in the tower, the occurrence of stick-slip phenomena and the influence of temperature changes required the use of Python to build a custom FEA model. The figure illustrates modeling of forces in a type of spiral cooler.