The German-based TÜV NORD Group is organized into Mobility, Industrial Services, International, Natural Resources and Training and Human Resources divisions. These competence centers are in permanent contact with customers for analyzing, consulting and also developing and implementing customized solutions.

The Challenge

To predict fatigue and fracture in vessels, valves, and headers during temperature change and optimize power plant cycling and operations.

Dassault Systèmes Response

Realistic simulation with Abaqus finite element analysis (FEA) software from Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA brand was chosen as the core solution for TÜV NORD’s Cycle Optimized Operation (COOP) program, which was designed to improve facility standards, performance and management. Abaqus has sophisticated capabilities for analyzing fluid structure interaction, fracture and fatigue as well as advanced tools for calculating crack propagation.

Benefits

By using simulation, TÜV NORD can recommend better regulations and suggest more accurate inspection intervals, eliminating unplanned maintenance and costly repairs.