DETAILED STRUCTURAL ASSESSMENT
SILA provides comprehensive tools for high-temperature life assessment.
The Structural Integrity and Life Assessment research group (SILA), based at the University of Strathclyde, has an internationally recognised experience in tackling very complex problem regarding the integrity of crucial industrial components. Demonstrating and extending the life of critical components operating in nuclear and conventional assets are critical for safe and reliable generation of low carbon electricity and products. While under nominal operation, the structural response of components and materials can largely vary due to loading levels, thermal ageing, and other environmental effects. It is therefore critically important that the response of the structure is properly identified and all the possible failure modes are considered for ensuring the integrity of the commercial component.
The knowledge and expertise of the group is based on a number of successful research projects in collaboration with different industrial partners including EDF Energy, Siemens and Rolls Royce. The group has also a decade of experience in developing and extending the Linear Matching Method Framework (LMMF), consisting of robust, efficient and versatile methods. LMMF provides simplified methods for calculating approximate inelastic solutions and tackling relevant design issues using standard finite element codes. All the LMM procedures have been implemented in ABAQUS finite element commercial software with an intuitive and user-friendly plugin. The LMM software tools for structural integrity assessment represent unique and novel approaches to solve design and routine assessment of industrial components. The LMM has been recently implemented within the UK’s R5 Procedures and recommended by the R5 panel for high temperature structural integrity assessment.