Use of Forensics in Engineering – A Failure Investigation Case.
by Simo Bodegrajac
A complete forensic investigation which included various metallurgical examinations and fluid flow modelling, was conducted to determine the root cause of failure of an asset. The results were used for technical evaluation of its current state, risk analysis and ultimately make commercial decisions with respect to continued service.
The Forensics Engineering approach has been used to investigate a diverse range of failures in a wide rage of assets and industries including Oil and Gas. This case example uses a high pressure heater that experienced an unexpected tube failure. The presentation will share insight into design, common failure mechanisms and how the forensic-style approach can be used to make informed engineering and commercial decisions.
About Our Speaker:
Simo Bodegrajac from K.J.Beer Consulting Engineers, is a Mechanical Engineer with more than 10 years of experience in pressure equipment design, verification and integrity assessment. He started as a Subsea Engineering, focusing on well intervention and abandonment services. He then moved into consulting, specialising in pressure equipment design. Simo has been involved in a number of challenging projects utilising advanced methods such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computational Fluid Dynamic modelling (CFD) and Fracture Mechanics. Simo is particularly interested in applying first principles and advanced techniques to failure investigations. In pursuit of his passion for engineering, Simo has assumed a role of a Lead Design Engineer for fuel delivery system on Aussie Invader 5R project, a World Land Speed record attempt of reaching 1000 mph.
Date: Tuesday 19th May 2015
Time: 5pm for 5:30pm registration
Venue: Woodside Auditorium