Design Optimization

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We employ design optimization for all the cranes we manufacture, using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) modeling and Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) software tools in our design process. On this page, you will find examples of FEA models and other design optimization models for our marine and offshore cranes.

CAE Tools

We use the following CAE tools as part of our Design Optimization process:

  • ANSYS 12.0 Classic
  • ANSYS Professional NLT – Linear Structural & Dynamic Analysis

Benefits of Design Optimization

Using design optimization technology gives us the following benefits:

  • We can build a smaller-size crane with enough built-in safety factors to provide a larger lift capacity.
  • Design optimization allows us to provide weight reduction on existing crane models, lowering the size on the bearing, gear box, etc., and reducing the cost of material consumption.
  • By using FEA and CAE tools to simulate the crane design before manufacturing begins, we can analyze performance and avoid future failure on the actual built crane.
  • Reducing the crane weight through design optimization provides a reduced shipping cost and easier transportation of the completed crane.
  • Prior Life Estimation of load bearing members on the crane structure allows us to predict the exact reliability of the crane product over the “life cycle” of its usage.
  • Design optimization allows us to effectively analyze complex component behaviors, such as cylinder rod buckling, and the effects of wind, waves, heel & trim angle, etc., during dynamic conditions.
  • Design optimization helps us to determine the exact strength level required for the structure. This helps us to select and use the most economic manufacturing materials to build the crane.