Flexibility Analysis or better known as Pipe Stress Analysis is the “black art” in mechanical engineering. It is NOT finite element analysis (FEA) but an advanced version of ‘Stick & Beam Theory’ using analysis tools such as, AutoPIPE Bentley or CAESAR II softwares. If you don’t allow for thermal expansion, pressure, dead weight, water/steam hammer, creep, fatigue or corrosion of steel pipes, these pipes will rupture and fail, the question is not “if”, but “when”?
At Design Stress Ltd., we have a combined team experience of over 110 years solving stress-related issues for clients across many industries including nuclear, defence (submarines), new build, oil & gas, process plant and renewable energy. It is this breadth of experience that enables us to identify potential difficulties and solve problems cost effectively.