Structural Integrity Group
Structural design and integrity encompasses a wide range of component design and performance analysis using computer-aided processors and mechanical testing.
The structural integrity of components and structures is of vital importance to avoid catastrophic failures in a number of industrial sectors such as energy, transport, and medical. There is a pronounced synergy between stress, environmental factors and material condition as indicated.
Cyclic stressing can lead to fatigue processes and slow loading rates can cause interaction with corrosion processes (stress corrosion and corrosion fatigue).
Often high value complex alloys have been found to crack unexpectedly, but fortunately there are a number of strategies available to avoid or minimise these effects.