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Advanced Engineering Division

We provide support to large and small scale equipment and rigs projects; combining design and analysis capabilities to provide a range of services, from full turn-key design packages to specific support tasks.

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Our Offering

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Our Offering

We primarily design highly loaded and/or lightweight metallic structures, requiring significant structural optimisation. Often these structures are required to withstand intense thermal and chemical environments, surviving extremes of heat and pressure.

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The Team

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The Team

Our multi-disciplined engineers have a breadth and depth of experience in multiple industry sectors. Combining this knowledge results in a comprehensive and unique service. All staff are fluent in at least two software codes, a design tool and an analysis tool, allowing efficient design optimisation which leads to cost-savings for customers.

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Holistic Integration

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Holistic Integration

Where projects require the use of advanced dynamic structural analyses, or specialist CFD and thermal assessments, we call upon the Advanced Analysis Division. Where specific stiffness and weight requirements drive the use of composite materials, we call upon the Advanced Composites Division.

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Offering

Our projects typically involve the design of highly loaded and/or lightweight metallic structures, requiring a significant level of structural optimisation. We often design for environments that present a thermal or chemical challenge, surviving extremes of heat and pressure. To deliver this service, we specialise in design using high-strength metallic alloys of steel, aluminium, and titanium as well as exotic metals.

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The Team

Our multi-disciplined engineers have a breadth and depth of experience in multiple industry sectors, combining this knowledge across sectors results in a comprehensive and unique service. All staff are fluent in at least two engineering software codes; a design tool and an analysis tool. This approach allows optimisation work to be conducted efficiently from the same desk by the same person (with peer review), resulting in clear cost-savings.

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Holistic Integration

Where project requirements drive the use of dynamic or high strain-rate structural analyses, or the use of specialist CFD and heat transfer tools, we call upon the Advanced Analysis & CFD Division. Where high specific stiffness and stringent weight requirements drive the use of composite materials, we call upon the Advanced Composites Division.

Our Capabilities

Design
  • Concepting, detail design & drafting
  • Highly loaded structural design
  • Hot rig design (high temperature alloys)
  • Highly regulated ‘design to code’
  • Design to pressure equipment directive
  • Design assessments to LOLER & PUWER
Analysis
  • Lightweight structural optimisation
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Fluids & heat transfer calculations
  • Vibration & normal modes analysis
  • Structural fatigue & creep assessments
  • Welded & bolted joint assessments
Design Management
  • Requirements capture
  • Project management & planning
  • Design for Manufacture
  • DFMEA/FMECA services
  • Multidiscipline design review processes
  • Weighted decision matrices

Why Choose Advanced Engineering?

  • 9Decades of experience in the design and analysis of highly regulated equipment, subject to extreme loading and environments, for a variety of applications.
  • 9Considerable experience in the design and anlaysis of military and civil aerospace equipment and nuclear energy components.
  • 9Close working relationship with major manufacturing companies, resulting in a complete design and make offering to many industry sectors.
  • 9Our agile approach allows us to efficiently deliver large scale integration projects as well as smaller specific work packages.
Aero-Engine Ground Test Pylon

Due to our customers’ increased engine size for cleaner, quieter, and more efficient flight, a brand-new pylon design was required to enable them to demonstrate these improvements.

Brand-New Pylon Architecture

Renowned for an innovative, adaptable and creative approach to engineering design and analysis, we provided a turnkey solution, from conception through to full design justification and assurance.

Withstanding Larger Loads

Increased engine size has resulted in greater loads compared to legacy designs. Our ability to model complex systems with cutting-edge analytical tools resulted in an optimised high-strength metallic structure which acted as the backbone of the design.

Increased Size vs Reducing Mass

A larger pylon was required for the new engine design, whilst maintaining compatibility with test-cell weight limits. Alongside an optimised metallic structure the Advanced Composites Division designed lightweight composite panels for critical aerosurfaces to keep the weight to a minimum.

Stiffness Tuned to Flight Version

The pylon was required to respond dynamically in a similar manner to the flight version, ensuring testing accurately reflected the flight case. Efficient exploration of different concepts and advanced structural dynamics assessments lead to a solution that suitably replicated the flight equivalent.

Client Case

Client Case

Aero-Engine Ground Test Pylon

Due to our customers’ increased engine size for cleaner, quieter, and more efficient flight, a brand-new pylon design was required to enable them to demonstrate these improvements.

Brand-New Pylon Architecture

Renowned for an innovative, adaptable and creative approach to engineering design and analysis, we provided a turnkey solution, from conception through to full design justification and assurance.

Withstanding Larger Loads

Increased engine size has resulted in greater loads compared to legacy designs. Our ability to model complex systems with cutting-edge analytical tools resulted in an optimised high-strength metallic structure which acted as the backbone of the design.

Increased Size vs Reducing Mass

A larger pylon was required for the new engine design, whilst maintaining compatibility with test-cell weight limits. Alongside an optimised metallic structure the Advanced Composites Division designed lightweight composite panels for critical aerosurfaces to keep the weight to a minimum.

Stiffness Tuned to Flight Version

The pylon was required to respond dynamically in a similar manner to the flight version, ensuring testing accurately reflected the flight case. Efficient exploration of different concepts and advanced structural dynamics assessments lead to a solution that suitably replicated the flight equivalent.

Software Tools

Design
  • Siemens NX
  • PTC Creo 4.0
  • SolidEdge
  • Catia V5
  • SolidWorks
  • Keyshot
Structural Analysis
  • NX/MSC Nastran
  • SIEMENS NX Analysis
  • SIEMENS FEMAP
  • MSC Suite
  • LS-Dyna
  • Abaqus
  • MathCAD

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