Energy

Improve reliability, efficiency and safety of your products operating in the world’s toughest environments

The past decade has seen increasing explorations for fossil fuels, while research into the alternative energy sources, like wind, solar, and biofuels is taking center stage as governments and companies look to meet the ever-increasing global energy demands. Nuclear power is also getting a second look, both in terms of its potential and challenges.

MSC Software provides modeling and analysis solutions for the energy industry that accurately simulate complex mechanical systems in rugged service environments. MSC’s tools are proven within the oil & gas, wind, solar and nuclear power segments to help design products that perform optimally and avoid costly field failure.

Adams Software helped us to understand the motion and forces involved by capturing the full gamut of real world complexities including rigid bodies, flexible bodies, springs, dampers, joints and all others mechanical components. The software never placed any limits on what I wanted simulated, yet it made it possible to assemble the complex model very quickly."
-Mirco Zoia, Naval Architect
Knud E Hansen
MSC Software is used for many types of simulations:
  • Structural analysis
  • Nonlinear and contact modeling
  • Impact and blast
  • Wave loading & structural integrity
  • Design optimization
  • Noise and vibration
  • Durability and fatigue
  • Simulation process automation
 
  • Thermal performance
  • Multibody dynamics
  • Mechatronics
  • Fatigue analysis
  • Motion and systems analysis
  • Stress & strain analysis
  • Thermal & heat transfer analysis
  • Acoustic analysis
Engineers use MSC Software to analyze:
  • Gear and bearings
  • Seals and gaskets
  • Wind turbine blades and systems
  • Packers and blowout preventers
  • Piping systems
  • Bird impact with turbine blades
  • Packer seal analysis
 
  • Solar panel heating
  • Wave loading and structural integrity
  • Nuclear cask safety
  • Composite blades
  • Control systems
  • Pipeline inspection gauges (PIGs)
  • Nuclear waste tanks
Trunnion stress analysis
Thermal analysis of a cask
Piping systems – Burst analysis
 

Safety is the topmost concern in design of a nuclear plant and this is the basis of several guidelines formulated by various regulatory agencies around the world. While following strict performance criteria demanded by the regulatory agencies, designers strive to enhance their designs without incurring prohibitive development costs.

MSC Software’s tools and products offer an ideal solution for designers and manufacturers by providing the dual advantages of meeting nuclear meeting regulatory guidelines and innovation, achieved at a lower cost. With capabilities to model accurately highly nonlinear materials that exhibit time and temperature dependent behavior and complex loading conditions, designers can simulate complex testing scenarios in the safety of their offices. Use of accurate, high performance simulations solutions from MSC also help reduce physical tests, while at the same time enabling you to run a more comprehensive regimen of virtual tests.

MSC solutions for the nuclear energy industry include:
  • Design of spent fuel casks
  • Creep and burst analysis of pipes
  • Accident simulation
  • Pumps and valves
  • Storage tanks
  • Fluid and gas transport system analysis
  • Welding and residual thermal stress analysis
  • Nuclear waste tanks
Pipe collapse
Well perforation
Centralizers
 

Drilling and production equipment and transportation infrastructure is continuously subjected to severe loading conditions and any disruption to operations can lead to expensive shutdowns. Hence extensive testing early in the design cycle is critical. However, it is not only expensive for exhaustive physical testing, but could also be hazardous to test engineers because of the need to recreate the harsh field conditions.

MSC Software provides simulation solutions that can provide the benefits of accuracy, completeness and safety. With capabilities to simulate control systems, multi-body mechanical systems, and structural assemblies, MSC’s solutions not only provide a comprehensive set of tools, but also an integrated multidisciplinary solution for improved accuracy.

MSC solutions for the oil and gas industry include:
  • Design of spent fuel casks
  • Collapse, burst and failure of casings
  • Stress analysis and fatigue of coiled tubing and pipes
  • Performance of annular packers, blow out preventers
  • Leakage of oil seals
  • Fluid-structure interaction of drilling oil risers
  • Valves and piping manifold
  • Thermal-structural and fatigue studies of coke drums
  • Contact stress analysis and durability studies of drilling systems
  • Residual stress analysis due to weldings
System loads calculation
Hub fatigue modeling
Aero-dynamic simulation
 

For over 30 years, manufacturers in the wind energy industry have relied on MSC Software’s solutions to overcome the numerous challenges related to the creation of ever more powerful systems. MSC’s products are employed to help design more reliable and better performing systems and they generate instrumental engineering data for the type certification process. Through extensive virtual testing of new designs, wind turbine, blade, and gearbox manufacturers are saving time and money, and designing more reliable systems by working with MSC Software.

MSC solutions for the Wind Energy industry include:
  • Accurate aero-dynamic loads calculation
  • Full wind turbine system simulations including effects of controls
  • Rotor blade modeling
  • Gear box, bearing and full power train analysis
  • Fatigue predictions
  • Control systems
  • Structural analysis for towers, nacelle, hub, foundation and other elements
  • Off-shore structures, groundings and floating systems