In designing heavy machinery, such as those on cranes or oil rigs, small plastic components or rubber seals can be vital to the integrity of those large structures. Stephen Armstrong an FEA Analyst/New Product Development Engineer and his team at Parker Hannifin Corporation work on designing just these types of parts.
Parker Hannifin is a trusted leader in motion and control technologies. Stephen’s team’s main area of focus is on seals that are comprised of hyperelastic materials such as rubber, polyurethane, and other compounds. These seals are used in a variety of applications in heavy machinery, medical devices, military and aerospace industries.
Engineers working with these materials focus on nonlinear analysis in most of their projects, because these materials mainly exhibit non-linear behavior. MSC’s Marc was their tool of choice for simulating such behaviors.
Enhance the seal design and reduced physical testing