Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is becoming a popular engineering tool in the oil and gas industry. FEA can be used for stress analysis, deformation, fatigue evaluation, and displacement monitoring. FEA is especially useful for problems with complicated geometries, loadings, and varying material properties that prevent calculation through analytical methods.
This information can be used for ASME code compliance analysis, life cycle calculations, fatigue analysis, thermal analysis, design optimization studies, and fitness for service evaluations. FEA provides the geometry to determine the stress concentrations from point to point across a surface. FEA also allows highly-detailed engineering analysis for pressure equipment, piping, pipelines, tanks, and structural components.