Noise and vibration is a fact of life in all complex industrial installations due to the wide variety of dynamic machinery systems that are used. When problems arise they can be very serious and lead to costly plant degradation or structural failure as well as health & safety issues. The integrity and reliability of engineering systems are particularly important for nuclear sites.
Xi Engineering Consultants specialise in advanced diagnostic and modelling services to help clients minimise the risk of noise & vibration problems occurring in the first place and to address them when they arise. The Xi team’s core competence is providing clients, across a wide variety of industries, with solutions to complex and difficult dynamic engineering challenges. This goes well beyond measurement and analysis to provide cost-effective mitigation options using specialist analysis and modelling techniques.Xi can provide independent assurance of system designs in relation to vibration and seismic survivability risks. It can also help suppliers of dynamic systems to address operational problems with equipment in service.
This is particularly important to Tier 2 contractors on nuclear sites that have overall responsibility for particular systems or structures that may be subject to excessive dynamic loads. Of course, ‘ownership’ of the problem will most likely be delegated to the Tier 3 suppliers of sub-systems and/or suppliers of machinery and so there is a collective interest in providing independent assurance at the engineering design stage of projects.
- Diagnosis of problems or perceived risk
- Remote/contactless vibration measurement
- Advanced modelling and analysis to identify the source(s) of excessive noise or vibration
- Development of mitigation strategies to address the problem or reduce the risk
Multiphysics Simulation and Design Support
Two important assets in the Xi toolkit are the COMSOL multi-physics modelling software and the supercomputer at the University of Edinburgh. This, and some 15 years experience in the market, puts the Xi team at the leading edge of helping clients to solve complex and difficult dynamic engineering challenges. Find out more about Xi's modelling capability.
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