Engineering Analysis and Simulation Team at OTC

Engineering Analysis and Simulation Team at OTC

The Engineering Analysis and Simulation Team will be present at OTC on stand 1928

Engineering Analysis & Simulation Team
More so now than ever before product innovation and design is being driven through collaboration between Trelleborg Offshore and our industry partners and clients. Strong pressure from operators and contractors to increase equipment and operational efficiencies while simultaneously decreasing overall development and manufacturing costs seem to stand in strong juxtaposition. This demand is made more complicated by what many consider the costly realities of an industry’s push to explore and produce in deeper water and more demanding environments. Trelleborg Offshore is demonstrating this not to be the case, and that equipment optimization and increased performance can seamlessly go hand in hand with cost savings. Through numerical modelling design and analysis, the engineering analysis and simulation team is able to incorporate requirements for product performance, development, and operation life cycle maintenance throughout all stages of development. This ability coupled with Trelleborg’s strong manufacturing expertise and increased communication and collaboration with drilling contractors and E&P operators in the front end design phase is resulting in the increase of equipment and technology that provides focused solutions to specific industry challenges.

Stagnation and business as usual no longer makes the cut when it comes to equipment selection for the next generation of deepwater drilling and production. The ability to innovate, optimize equipment designs, and quantify and communicate performance enhancements through numerical analysis allows for Trelleborg Offshore to deliver additional technical data required by operators and contractors for new technology developments.

Front end engineering design and analysis during the early stages of new equipment developments and the enhancement of existing designs, allows Trelleborg Offshore to support clients in advancing the edge of the envelope of offshore oil and gas exploration and production. Numerical modelling facilitates the sharing of ideas and information between Trelleborg Offshore, industry partners, and clients allowing for the realization of new developments, equipment designs, and industry changing solutions. 

Come meet the team at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston May 1st – May 4th to learn more about the exciting project developments the engineering analysis and greater Houston team has been working on and the opportunities to expand Trelleborg’s influence in our clients operations through collaborative innovation and design optimization.   

Computational Fluid Dynamics
Computational fluid dynamics allows for characterization of offshore hydrodynamics, through the application and relation of the governing equations of conservation of mass, momentum, and energy of the fluid as it interacts with structural bodies and boundary conditions such as the seafloor or the free surface.

Lawrence Lai holds a PhD in Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) and is the team expert on computational fluid dynamics. He is presenting “Cross Sectional Flow Modelling of a Drilling Riser System for Hydrodynamic Drag Consideration” on Monday morning at OTC. Talk with Lawrence about potential design opportunities for reducing drag and VIV suppression solutions for Trelleborg Offshore’s subsea products.

Local Finite Element Analysis

Local finite element analysis involves a detailed numerical modelling approach for predicting the performance of a structure or individual piece of equipment considering the geometry, material, contact, and loading of the component in order to define structural limitations, fatigue lives, and overall equipment performance in operational conditions.

Sue Bao holds a PhD in Structural Engineering and is the team expert on local finite element analysis looking at equipment and system performance under real world loading conditions. Talk with Sue over how detailed FEA allows Trelleborg Offshore to optimize equipment design through geometrical configurations, material make up, fastening solutions, and overall discrete and system performance. 

Global Finite Element Analysis

Global finite element analysis assesses the interaction between the engineered component and its overall structure in order to define the robustness of the equipment design and the implications of equipment changes to the overall performance of the system. Real world performance can be quantified in the environments and conditions the system will be operating in.

Erica Norman has an engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering and has extensive experience in offshore drilling riser operations and analysis. Talk with Erica about how global analysis allows for a holistic view of integrated equipment in subsea systems for identification of operational efficiency improvements.

Client Driven Solutions
Greater cooperation and communication between Trelleborg Offshore and our clients will continue to highlight the challenges that our clients face. By working with our clients, new developments can be realized by working back from what the clients require to the solutions that will deliver.  

Collin Gaskill has an engineering degree in Ocean Engineering and a strong background in drilling riser operations as well as experience in global finite element analysis and equipment design performance assessments. Talk with Collin about how the engineering analysis team is incorporating front end engineering analysis and simulation into the next generation of Trelleborg Offshore solutions.

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