Structural integrity combines key performance parameters of products or structures. These directly impact overall weight and cost, lifetime and warranty cost, operational availability, safety, and customer comfort and satisfaction. Designing a durable and dynamically stable product or structure is becoming more challenging with the increased use of lightweight materials and more simplified designs.
To meet these engineering challenges to enable manufacturers to get to market faster and with the most reliable overall design, HBK provides an integrated suite of easy-to-use, perfectly harmonized toolset combining failure modes (FMEA), FEA-based lifetime simulation, data acquisition and analysis in physical testing, as well as real-life operation reliability analysis. Gain insights from all validation steps to make the right-first-time decisions in structural design through to use in operation.
Time-to-market is crucial for manufacturers. Ever shorter development cycles pose a major challenge to design engineers. Simulation helps them detect critical points at a very early stage in development and before physical testing. Yet verifying and correlating the results of simulation-based testing with real testing is essential to avoid costly, time-consuming test repetitions and design changes. Dedicated, reliable software tools are critical to success in simulation. Tools that can process huge amounts of data and provide powerful analysis capabilities. Tools that deliver actionable insights and allow teams across continents to collaborate seamlessly.
Stringent physical durability is a key parameter of high-quality product designs. It needs to be validated by dedicated physical test setups focusing on structural durability, maximum load, fatigue, and overall lifetime. The test parameters are either derived from experience, international standards or real load data acquired in the field.
Physical testing according to these parameters can be complex, require hundreds or even thousands of time-synchronised measurement channels and may run for a long period of time. All measurement and testing data needs to be analysed and correlated to simulation.
Whether it's higher performance, lower weight, or an optimized manufacturing process, increasing product efficiency or durability starts with the selection of the appropriate materials. Be it a newly developed alloy or a composite, only a deep insight into its key material parameters will allow you to feed simulation or build prototypes. From design data for FEA fatigue analysis to consistent material quality assurance, the HBK Advanced Materials Characterization & Test facility (AMCT) offers a large variety of services to assess these parameters and increase confidence in your design.
Understanding structural dynamics is vital to optimize the inherent dynamic properties and behaviour of structures, leading to lighter, stronger, and safer constructions, less energy consumption, greater comfort, and better performance.
Structural dynamics is an integral part of product development from concept to manufacturing and certification, and subsequently during use and operation.
HBK provides a comprehensive range of applications and solutions for structural testing, monitoring and integration with simulation (FEA).