SimuTech Case Studies

Case Studies

SimuTech Group has a rich background of over 25+ years in performing FEA, Explicit Dynamic and CFD engineering simulations and testing services for a wide variety of industries and applications through either our consulting services or by providing technical support to our customers.

Below are a few case studies that detail real world applications of ANSYS FEA, Explicit Dynamics and CFD software and our testing applications - feel free to download and distribute. 

Explicit Dynamics

 FEA Case Studies


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During the second half of 2010, the engineers at Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP) in Lakewood, NY were in a state of transition with regards to their ANSYS FEA simulation software and the computers on which the ANSYS software resides. A corporate-wide initiative had brought in new computers meaning that JEP had its hands full doing software installs, including ANSYS. To compound the problem, JEP had not been keeping up with the ANSYS release cycle, meaning that they were several releases behind the then current release.

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Elliott Bay Design Group
(EBDG) and BAE Systems were tasked with assessing the structural viability and modifications of aging dry docks at the Port of San Francisco’s Dry Dock 2.

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Horst Welding is known for its aftermarket product to support the construction and agricultural industry. Their reputation is such that they are recommended by the OEM of the equipment. Always wanting to improve their product, Horst Welding decided to perform finite element analysis (FEA) simulations of their SB4000DMKUM110 undercarriage tractor mount that is used on a Kubota tractor. 

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MultiDrain® Systems is a manufacturer and distributor of preengineered trench drain systems. Products include the EconoDrain® EPS forming system, EconoDrain PT-3™ heavy-duty trench drain system, MultiDrain® steel trench drain, and Alfa Channel® polymer concrete trench drain.

Prior to investment in prototype construction and physical testing, MultiDrain utilizes FEA services to assure compliance with regulatory conformance to AASHTO, DOT, FAA, Military and "Euro" specications.

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hatch 2As a major portion of facilities engineering services for the non-ferrous mining industry, Hatch Ltd. in Toronto Ontario, Canada, designs autoclaves – giant vessels with internal agitators that mix slurry material under intense heat and pressure to extract metals such as gold, silver, nickel and copper. Each autoclave must be custom designed for the ore composition at different mine sites. Building and testing prototypes to verify proper operation is prohibitive, due to the equipment size and the high cost of materials of construction. With hundreds of millions to several billion dollars at stake, designs must be right the first time.  

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Explicit Dynamics Case Studies

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By the end of June 2010, Stanley Widmer’s dream had come true.

Back in the 1960’s, Stanley Widmer raced wooden boats. Since that time, he came up with an idea to create a plastic molded double hull boat that would be safer than existing steel designs. That idea is now patented and has been funded by the US government to build a test boat to prove out the concept.

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Intelligent Engineering Limited (IE), has developed and patented the Sandwich Plate System (SPS), which integrates a steel-elastomer-steel composite structural laminate in place of conventional stiffened steel plates.

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les plastiques majoly 2 Les Plastiques Majoly (Rotek Plastic) produces roadside hardware such as barricades used in work zones. The barricades are joined together to form a barrier and are reinforced with three steel cables running the entire length of the barrier.

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mse 4MSE Technology Applications Inc. specializes in providing engineering management, and technical support services to the public and private sector. One of their specialties is the design and operation of mobile demilitarization systems for the disposal of out of date and recovered ordnance.

MSE-TA has designed a new mobile system that will be able to dispose of larger ordnance. Although the design is similar to their existing designs, the chamber is larger and needs to withstand larger explosions. Work was performed for the U.S. Department of Defense.

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CFD Case Studies

5000L Streamlines WebHeadquartered in Millersburg, PA, Advanced Scientifics Inc. (ASI) ( is a leading global provider of advanced single-use systems for the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industries. The company’s Quality Management System and award-winning ERP system give ASI the ability to provide an unparalleled level of customization rapidly and error free. 

ASI’s Life Sciences division provides fully customized systems that allow Bio-Pharmaceutical manufacturers the flexibility to maximize efficiencies, minimize costs and alleviate risks in the production of Bio-Pharm therapies. Closely allied with industry suppliers, the company is dedicated to providing the flexibility to integrate Single-Use Systems for the Bio-Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ unique processes.

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Bahai TempleMMM Group is a leading planning, engineering, and management solutions provider. MMM focuses on cutting-edge, practical, and cost-effective solutions while offering a full range of in-house services through a multidiscliplinary team of experts.

One recent project was a Bahá’í Temple for South America, currently under construction in Santiago, Chile. The Temple was designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects and is the final continental Temple to be built by the Bahá’í faith.

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The Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is the largest of the three wastewater treatment facilities serving the Cleveland, Ohio metropolitan area. The plant cleans wastewater collected from homes and businesses and safely returns the water to local lakes and rivers. The wastewater removal is done in two stages: mechanical separation for removing larger solids and biological processes for removing the remaining smaller solids.

In 2011, civil engineering firm Burgess & Niple (B&N) entered into a contract with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District for a proposed upgrade of the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant preliminary treatment facilities including an improved grit removal system.

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born canadaEstablished in Calgary, Alberta, in 1988, Born Canada supplies heaters to oil refiners and petrochemical companies across North America and throughout the world. They specialize in the design and supply of direct red process heaters, furnaces, and specialty red heating applications. They also lead the industry in designing safety controls and burner management systems (BMS).

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Allerion Oilfield Services develops products and solutions for the petro-chemical industry. Currently, Allerion is engaged in developing and deploying static mixers for desludging and destratication of large crude oil storage tanks all over the world. Their simple and easy to deploy “DS Jet” mixer designs allow their customers to recover large amounts of oil product trapped in settled sludge. With rising oil prices, the DS Jet mixer has become a must-have tool with a great return on investment. With demand high, Allerion is aiming to develop this line of products further.

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 At Mechanical Design Studio (MDS), their art is seeing green, comfortable, elegant and functional building systems made possible.  Their team of mechanical consulting engineers offers expertise in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, fire protection and process piping - the central nervous system of any building. With certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professionals on staff, MDS is committed to sustainable design. Having been involved in many LEED projects, they have helped to ensure clients reach their LEED certification including gold and silver levels.

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Testing Case Studies

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Delphi is a leading global supplier of mobile electronics and transportation systems, including automotive radiators and heating/cooling systems. Delphi sought ways to optimize its heat exchanger designs by measuring thermal strain under a variety of loading conditions. To enhance its product testing and evaluation capabilities Delphi sought a partner with extensive strain gage measurement experience, and found SimuTech Group.

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STORK H&E Turbo Blading is the premier independent manufacturer of rotating and stationary blading for steam & gas turbines, axial compressors and hot gas expanders. To ensure product quality, the natural frequencies are checked before delivery to the customer. Stork is in the business of providing fast, reliable, exible, personalized service and needed a business partner with the same high standards to frequency test blades.

During a maintenance outage, Stork’s customer (a power plant) encountered an urgent need for a row of steam turbine blades. With the plant losing over $1M per day, every hour of the manufacturing process was critical. Stork needed fast and reliable frequency testing for quality assurance.

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