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David Bogosian
David Powell

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October 2022

Application of Finite Element Methods for Evaluating Hazards to Equipment

D. Powell, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, & D. Bogosian, P.E., Senior Principal Engineer, Baker Engineering & Risk
Consultants, 360 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 1090, El Segundo, CA 90245, USA

Because of their inherent complexity, industrial equipment such as pressure vessels or storage tanks are not
usually amenable to analysis using simplified analytical techniques. Fortunately, improvements in computer
efficiency and modeling software and the widespread availability of commercial finite element codes have made finite element analysis (FEA) a viable and potent tool for analyzing a variety of hazards to which non-structural items may be subjected.

This presentation will examine three real-world case studies in which the FEA program LS-DYNA was used to
evaluate the potential damage to equipment for a given incident and provide necessary information for owners
and operators to make key decisions regarding remediation or retrofits

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