FE Analysis and Visual Presentation Methodology of Mechanical Systems
Keywords:Mechanical, Failure, Operator, Maintenance, Animation, Graphics, Visualization, Boiler, Design, Pressure Vessel, Forensic Engineering
The operation of a large industrial or other complex mechanical system incorporates a variety of mechanical and electrical subsystems to perform a given task, some of which require interaction by an operator or worker to oversee and control the process. As with anything mechanical, the system also requires periodic maintenance and replacement of worn parts. During the operation of industrial systems, problems can occur and result in catastrophic failures and/or injury. When applying forensic analysis to such failures, a methodical approach is necessary to allow for a deeper understanding of the overall operation of the system. However, once the forensic analysis has been performed, conveying the findings of such a complex system can be challenging. To assist in describing the system and failure, the use of visualization is a powerful tool to clearly convey the findings as well as normal operation. The following paper outlines the process of building a methodology to investigate and lay the proper foundation for visually presenting the findings. To demonstrate the methodology outlined in this paper, a case study involving a boiler system will be used.
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