According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last year the auto industry recalled close to a third more vehicles in the U.S. (22 million) than it sold (just over 15 million). Recalls were up by a staggering 25 percent during 2013, which is the industry’s highest rate since 2004. It is no shock that these recalls can do immense harm to a manufacturer. In the automotive industry, an early response to an emerging issue can save a tremendous amount of money, and help preserve a business’s reputation. Read more
VEXTEC Vice-President Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni made a presentation at the Medical Device Innovation Consortium’s (MDIC) first modeling and simulation summit in Washington, D.C. The presentation was titled “Computational Modeling of Medical Devices Using Virtual Life Management.” Read more
Brentwood, TN, August 28, 2013: A recent TV commercial on medical implants caught my attention. While touting the benefits of extensive laboratory testing, the fine print said that “…results of the testing have not been proven to predict clinical wear performance…” How true. Laboratory testing is rarely indicative of true wear and does not predict actual product reliability in the medical device industry. Read more
August, 20, 2013-VEXTEC ‘s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Robert Tryon, and Dr. Animesh Dey, VEXTEC’s Chief Product Development Officer, will be making three presentations at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) First Annual Conference on Frontiers in Medical Devices: Applications of Computer Modeling and Simulation, in Washington, D.C. September 11-13, 2013. Read more
In the race to get products to market, does risk-mitigation get enough time in the winner’s circle?
What do aerospace, medical device manufacturers, and auto racing all have in common? Answer: the need to minimize risk of premature/unexpected component failure while crossing the finish line first. While these industries each have vastly different stakeholders, goals, and success metrics, all look to avoid costly breakdowns in the field. And speed is key. Being the first across the finish line in auto racing gives you the largest share of the purse, not to mention first choice of lucrative endorsement deals. Being the first to market with an innovative or more reliable medical implant or a lighter aircraft component helps in marketing, product launch success, or company profitability and growth. However, pushing the design limits to gain this speed advantage must be weighed against the possible failure of the component in an unforeseen manner. Read more
Over the last few weeks, VEXTEC has explored the two main philosophies of modern structural design: safe life design and damage tolerant design. Today we share with you a summary of these methods, including their benefits and limitations. We will also look at other considerations that are commonly encountered when implementing either method in a manufacturing environment, and how VEXTEC’s Virtual Life Management® (VLM®) technology can help. Read more
The damage tolerance approach to design has been employed by the aerospace industry for decades. In contrast to the safe life design method, damage tolerance explicitly accounts the fatigue crack growth process. This design approach takes advantage of the portion of service life a component can have with a growing fatigue crack. Crack inspection, detection and repair protocols are implemented to prevent fatigue cracks from growing too large and causing failure. Read more
The philosophy of safe life design is the preferred method for designing components for durable operation in the automotive industry. Under this method, the structure is operated at a stress far below the fatigue strength of the component. By doing this, the designer assumes that the structure will not form a detectable crack during its service life, thus reducing the risk of failure. Read more
Note: This post is the first in a series of blogs exploring industry-recognized structural design principles. This material originated in an internal white paper written by Dr. Robert Tryon, Chief Technology Officer at VEXTEC.
In the world of structural design, there are two main analytical techniques that are currently employed when attempting to predict the durability of components and systems: safe life design and damage tolerance analysis. Depending on the type of industry, one particular philosophy can be preferred over the other. We offer here an overview of these design philosophies. Read more
The hottest word currently being spoken in offices and around dinner tables in the US is “sequestration.” Not since the seminal juror movie 12 Angry Men has the word enjoyed such buzz. While there are many ongoing debates concerning the political ramifications of this government budget-reduction action (that went into effect on March 1), today we would like to discuss one item in particular: its possible effect on military aviation. Read more