Projects

Vortex Induced Vibrations in Thermowell

Thermowells, chimneys and stacks all represent the physical problem of a blunt body in crossflow. Depending on the diameter of the body and the velocity of the flow, they can be subject to the Von-Karman street shedding phenomenon, leading to Vortex-induced Vibrations...

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Flow Simulation in Piping

Pressure drop and other flow variables can be a crucial factor in certain industrial applications. The ability to simulate and analyse pressure distribution along the wetted volume enables the designers to minimize losses and to optimise the design. Comprehensive flow...

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Boiler CFD

FEC were engaged to complete the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis of the primary air flow meters in a fan duct. The duct supplies a mixture of pulverised coal and primary air to the furnace. The client was concerned about the accuracy and validity of the...

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Blowout Stopper Mechanical Design and Drafting

Since 2016, FEC has been working collaboratively with a client based in Houston to assist in engineering and drafting works for their product development. The products in development represent a significant advancement in Blowout Prevention (BOP) technology used in...

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Thickener tank repair design

FEC completed the mechanical, structural, access and piping design for the entire repair sequence of 2 thickener tanks at a Queensland alumina refinery. At 22m in diameter and over 15m high, the replacement of the top strake presented several challenges. A common...

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High-Temperature Reactor Design

In 2018 FEC completed the mechanical design of two novel high-temperature reactor systems for the conversion of iron-ore and natural gas into hydrogen and synthetic graphite. Working with our client’s specialist chemical engineers, FEC progressed from a P&ID to a...

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Caustic line replacement

FEC completed the structural, mechanical and piping design for a caustic line replacement at a QLD alumina refinery. The scope of works required design development with relevant stakeholders and determination of the ideal route for site works, access restrictions and...

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7C8 Main Fractionator

FEC recently completed the design and drafting of a vessel section for a local fabricator. Working collectively with our client and the end user, the scope included design of the vessel, platforms, lifting, tailing, transport and temporary support during storage. The...

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Access and Column Support Tower

FEC recently completed the design of an access and column support tower. Encompassing structural drafting and engineering design to AS4100; the tower was designed in a modular fashion for ease of road transport, ground assembly and tailing / lifting as a complete...

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Fabrication Experience with Major APLNG Supplier

An engineer from FEC has completed a five-week secondment to a major fabricator based in Thailand. The experience provided both professional and personal development. The Thailand based company, has a long history of large scale steel fabrication projects. From...

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Stress Corrosion Cracking on Turbine Rotor

FEC was approached by one of our clients who had experienced a turbine rotor failure due to stress corrosion cracking. Following the failure, a monitoring program for crack detection and growth was implemented. During the crack inspection program one rotor showed...

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FFS on Multi-ply Expansion Bellows

FEC was approached by one of our clients who had been supplied an expansion bellows in the repaired condition. During fabrication of a shell and tube heat exchanger, its laminated style expansion bellows was accidentally damaged in a grinding operation. Damage to the...

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Axial Load Capacity of Proprietary Buttress Thread

FEC was approached by one of our clients requiring verification of the axial load capacity for a proprietary developed buttress thread for use in well casing. The design was unique in that it required creating a flush joint for the casing as opposed to using the...

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Reduced Nozzle Wear Rates via CFD

FEC was approached by one of our clients experiencing significant downtime and resultant costs caused by the regular failure of a nozzle and plug valve used in a thickener underflow application. The aim of the project was to determine whether planned geometry...

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Detailed Design of Macknade Mill Boiler Stack

The FEC designed Macknade Mill Stack was commissioned in June 2014. The stack operated effectively during the earlier steam trials, allowing adequate separation between the two feed boilers. One of the early concerns in the stack design was inadequate separation...

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