DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE MIXING/ AGITATORS AND PERSITALTIC HOSE PUMPS
In house engineers use technology, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD technology) to assist in the design of agitators and peristaltic pumps which eliminate potential design errors and understand fluid mechanics.
AFX ensures that all its manufacturing drawings are produced in 3D. A process referred to as Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is used in instances where large or infrequent components are designed. The analysis combines all the operating loads of the system allowing the designer to see potential flaws before manufacturing takes place.
Mounting bases must accommodate machined gearbox bases and fabricated beam structures and prevent twisting and stressing of gearbox casings – a common cause of failure or proprietary drivers.
Bearing members often house mechanical seals or serve to isolate the gearbox from high bending moments. Accurate prediction of stress, moment and deflection are critical.
Mounting plate and bearing member for agitators
AFX makes use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for its design allowing engineers to model the combination of loads applied to the actual components resulting from the impeller’s rotation system and its interaction with fluids and slurries. By making use of this method, the applied bending moments, torque and thrust can be predicted and adequately accommodate in the design. Detailed FEA is required instances where the important components carry critical loading. Show below are some examples of our FEA applications.
Finite Element Analysis images
Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is the method of applied mathematics, physics and computational software used to visualise how a gas or liquid flows as well as how a gas or liquid affects certain objects as it flows past. AFX makes use of CFD in numerous applications to calibrate flow numbers, view velocity vectors and assist with solving process problems.
Images from Computational Fluid Dynamics, showing how fluid moves with types of impellers.