Structural analysis can determine cause and predict failure.

Testing & data acquisition at DTB Test Center

Structural analysis can determine cause and predict failure. Data is collected during complete structure and/or component testing, including simplified tensile strength tests.

Structural Analysis

Reliable analysis for structures and components

Structural analysis is important because it can evaluate whether a specific structural design will be able to withstand external and internal stresses and forces expected for the design. Dayton T. Brown has a proven track record in structural analysis, testing and simulation. In many structural tests, subjects are strain gauged and calibrated.
Structural analysis is performed and in some cases correlated with the testing output data. This produces an electronic virtual working model for future design development.

Vibration Analysis for Predictive Maintenance

Our vibration analyists can determine stress points in your equipment and structures and, through analysis, can predict failures and recommend preventive measures and design improvements as required.

DTB’s Finite Element Analysis (FEA) method is used to model the structural dynamic characteristics of vibrations within a mechanical system, the understanding of which is important to any root-cause failure study involving excessive vibrations. Of significance is the use of vibration analysis and FEA techniques to evaluate the dynamic characteristics of machines and structures prior to fabrication.

  • Finite Element Analysis techniques can also model the response of your equipment or structure to dynamic loads.
  • Finite Element Analysis models simulated are used to approximate stress stiffening effects in rotating mechanical components.
  • The FEA analysis models are used to approximate the natural frequencies and mode shapes of complex structural-mechanical systems.
  • DTB’s vibratory testing facilities simulate vibration and shock response from a shaker table on a structural component.

Our experts reduce testing time by performing vibration analysis on complex systems.

Example: DTB runs quick simulations. Reliable analysis can be performed to fit within tight production and qualification schedules. Our technicians and experts are very experienced, our facilities are thoroughly equipped and we understand business.

We take pride in our ability to develop models that are only as complex as necessary to resolve the problem in a timely manner.

Stress Analysis Services

Parts – Assemblies – Structures

Our staff of stress analysts can help you. By using methods appropriate for your systems requirements, we can design, verify or diagnose structural issues and design a repair.

In fact, we have performed successful stress analysis on aerospace components and aircraft modifications by using both finite element stress analysis and classical hand analysis. Examples of our stress analysis experience include efforts to predict the fatigue life and damage tolerance capability of existing and redesigned arresting gear truss assemblies for carrier aircraft.

The purpose of this stress analysis program was to extend the life of existing arresting gear by analysis and testing of the gear to realistic loadings. We developed a realistic loading spectrum based on flight test data for the analysis and test.

By using strain life fatigue predictions methods, we predicted the fatigue life and damage tolerance of the assembly, and compared to the test data with excellent results.

Our experts have also conduct structural analysis of electrical equipment for seismic requirements using the latest building code seismic requirements. We also can help you with static, strength,fatigue life, damage tolerance calculations. And, our staff of stress analysts can prepare for you strength certification reports.

To provide you with an efficient and accurate stress analysis we apply finite element stress analysis and classical hand analysis as follows:

  • A free body diagram of the item should be prepared showing all applied loads and reactions.
  • Calculate the magnitude of the reactions based on static equilibrium or using redundant structure analysis methods such as FEA
  • Calculate internal stresses using sections cuts through the item or using finite element analysis.
  • Calculate allowable stresses based on all possible failure modes including
  • Material yield stress
  • Material Ultimate stress
  • Material fatigue allowable based on the load spectrum
  • Buckling or crippling stress allowable for compressive loads