To eliminate potential design errors, AFX ensures that all its manufacturing drawings are produced in 3D. A process referred to as Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is used in instances where large, or infrequent components are designed. The analysis combines all the operating loads of the system, allowing the designer to see potential flaws before manufacturing takes place.
Mounting bases must accommodate machined gearbox bases and fabricated beam structures and prevent twisting and stressing of gearbox casings – a common cause of failure of proprietary drivers.
Bearing members often house mechanical seals or serve to isolate the gearbox from high bending moments. Accurate prediction of stress, movement and deflection are critical.
Finite element analysis
AFX makes use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for its designs allowing its engineers to model the combination of loads applied to the actual components resulting from the impeller’s rotation system and its interaction with fluids and slurries. By making use of this method, the applied bending moment, torque and thrust can be predicted and adequately accommodated in the design. Detailed FEA is required in instances where important components carry critical loading. Shown below are some examples of our FEA applications.
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is the method of applied mathematics, physics and computational software used to visualise how a gas or liquid flows, as well as how a gas or liquid affects certain objects as it flows past. AFX makes use of CFD in numerous applications to calibrate flow numbers, view velocity vectors and assist with solving process problems.