By computational analysis we mean primarily computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
and finite element analysis (FEA). Both of these techniques resolve the physics
relevant to the application of interest by using a high-end simulation approach.
Computational analysis can save you time and money by
allowing your design to be rigorously tested and optimised within a virtual
environment. This approach will complement or may even replace more traditional
methods using physical prototypes.
There are many applications encountered within the energy
industries where computational analysis is indeed the only feasible approach to
demonstrate that a design is safe and fit-for-purpose.
For example, the recently revised
NORSOK Z-013 (October 2010)
risk and emergency preparedness assessment requires the use of CFD for the
assessment of the accumulation of flammable gas in the event of a release.
Accumulation of gas following a rupture within an offshore module