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WorleyParsons’ expert rail group utilized Advisian’s Advanced Analysis consultants to assist with the design of the ore cars for Hamersley Iron.
Using finite element analysis, the wagons were analyzed under various loading cases, including unloading in a rotary tippler. Fatigue assessments were also performed, using US standards and site-specific dynamic test data which provided details such as longitudinal in-train force variations.
Finite element analysis allowed structures with complex geometries to be analyzed and optimized under a large number of conditions. This is particularly important in the case of mass produced items where a small saving per unit adds up to a considerable saving overall.