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Solution Briefs | Videos | Scale & Speed

Akselos SIMLAB series #1: Continual Remote Monitoring of Large Assets with Simulation

Akselos is a new simulation technology that can evaluate structural behaviour 1000x faster than traditional techniques. Akselos is capable of producing high-fidelity, physics-based models of large complex assets which may be connected to sensor data to regularly update the simulation model and provide the required assessments in a timely manner. Such simulation models are termed Structural Digital Twins and provide a continual picture of structural integrity that can be used to optimise operations and maximise life.
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Solution Briefs | Videos | Cloud Platform | Life Extension | Operations

Akselos Dashboard: IIoT real -time monitoring of critical assets

Akselos provides a powerful computational platform for physics-based digital twins of critical assets, such as offshore and marine structures, rotating machinery, mining infrastructure, aircraft, and so on. Akselos Digital Twins are focused on structural integrity analysis, and also provide interfaces for load data, inspection data, sensor measurements, and standards-based code checks. This enables a Digital Twin platform that tracks the current structural integrity status of critical assets, and automatically generates reporting on the current status, identifies risks based on “what if” scenarios such as accidents and storms, and projects forward in time to estimate fatigue life and assess asset life extension options.
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Case Studies | Videos | Life Extension | Operations

Asset Life Extension through Predictive Digital Twins for Offshore Structures Co-hosted with Shell

Akselos' technology can extend the life of any large scale asset through its real-time monitoring and physics-based models. Akselos is capable of producing high-fidelity, physics-based models of large complex assets which may be connected to sensor data to regularly update the simulation model and provide the required assessments in a timely manner.
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Reports | Life Extension | Operations | Parametric Components | Scale & Speed | Sensor Integration

Akselos’ Optimal Workflow for Structural Assessment

Floating structures, such as FPSOs, tankers, and semisubmersibles, are very large and complex assets that greatly benefit from the fast, holistic, and detailed modeling provided by Akselos’s RB-FEA technology. In this report we provide documentation of the accuracy and reliability of Akselos’s solvers for floating assets.
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Brochures | Cloud Platform | Design | Hybrid Advanced Physics | Life Extension | Parametric Components | Scale & Speed

Akselos Software Capabilities Sheet

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Solution Briefs | Cloud Platform | Sensor Integration

Predictive Digital Twins for Compressors

Whether your business is to design compressors or to ensure their ongoing operational integrity, Akselos provides a solution that enables extreme response modelling and supports the entire lifecycle. Gain a deeper understanding of the operational safety margins and increased confidence in your company’s contingency plan development, and readiness for the unexpected.
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Solution Briefs | Videos | Cloud Platform | Sensor Integration

Akselos SIMLAB series #2: A Systems Approach to Structural Digital Twins: Harnessing Data, Sensors, and Robotics

Model based systems engineering (MBSE) is no new concept but harnessing the best practices around integrating high-performance, engineering simulation that unlocks three (3X) times more insights of your most critical assets might be. Akselos’ patented reduced-basis technology offers a means to bring system-level design and feedback of structural and physics-based behaviours 1000x faster than traditional techniques. A truly integrated system.This webinar will provide an overview of how Akselos uses a system-level approach to incorporate data streams from inspection, sensors, and robotics into a high-fidelity, structural digital twin model to perform near real-time engineering simulation on large complex assets.
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Success Stories | Life Extension

Royal Dutch Shell – Unlocking 20 years of structural capacity for Shell operated asset in the North Sea.

Akselos gives essential insights into extending asset life for fixed platforms in the UK sector. Its ability to eliminate conservatism in a timely manner, is expected to help extend operations of Shell’s platforms in the North Sea beyond the year 2035.
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Success Stories | Life Extension

Akselos and Lic Engineering open innovation

Over the last two years, and in collaboration with Royal Dutch Shell, LIC Engineering contributed plug-ins to Akselos Integra in order to generate higher margin recurring revenues with operators.
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Case Studies | Cloud Platform | Design | Life Extension | Sensor Integration

Extending offshore asset life with Akselos Digital Guardian

The operator of a large production facility in the UK Sector of the North Sea, wanted to extend the operational life of the field for a minimum of 20 years, while considering a range of asset life extension options. Akselos was able to prove the real structural life of the fixed platform by using its fast, high-performance resolution structural modelling to unlock some 15+ years of additional structural life from the platform.
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Offshore Europe | Akselos | structural integrity management
Industry Papers | Life Extension | Operations | Sensor Integration

Predictive Digital Twins for structural integrity management and asset life extension – JIP concept and results

This paper presents a Predictive Digital Twin concept aimed at assets in the oil & gas and wind industry, that provides an accurate estimate of the true fatigue life of these assets in order to unlock potential fatigue life and ultimately extend the life of assets. This concept is divided in four tiers that allow to unlock remaining fatigue life one after the other. The first tier consists of using a high-resolution finite element model of the asset, delivered by Akselos unique RB-FEA technology. The subsequent tiers consist in using data from a few strategically placed accelerometers, as well as wave radar recordings, in order to calibrate the model and estimate the real loading on the asset. This concept delivers a true digital twin of the asset and offers a compelling and cost-effective method for offshore assets that are facing life time extension beyond what current methodologies can provide. The concept is being implemented on one of Shell’s platforms in the Southern North Sea.
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Case Studies | Cloud Platform | Life Extension | Operations | Sensor Integration

Optimizing FPSO inspection ROI with Akselos Digital Twin

An operator was experiencing high FPSO maintenance expenses, due to complex inspection and maintenance workflows that required a data-driven approach to provide actionable maintenance insights. Using the Akselos structural Digital Twin, the supermajor is achieving 5x ROI for the engineering workflow, enabling structural analysis as frequently as new inspection data is available.
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Case Studies | Life Extension | Operations

Life extension for a shiploader with Akselos Digital Twin

A major mining company sought a tool that could cost effectively analyze a shiploader’s structural integrity to safely extend the life of this vital piece of equipment. With Akselos’ structural Digital Twin, engineers were able to assess the shiploader’s structural integrity based on its real-world operating conditions. The company achieved huge OpEx savings by optimizing inspection intervals and extending the life of the asset confidently.
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Case Studies | Videos | Design | Energy Hub | Scale & Speed

Offshore Wind: Smart Design and Fabrication with Digital Twins co-hosted with Lamprell

In this webinar, you’ll hear about the collaboration between Lamprell and Akselos to fully optimize the end to end design process of each of the components in a wind turbine through constructible designs and structural digital twins offshore. The partners aim to achieve a reduction in CAPEX, improved future design and optimized operations through Risk Based Inspection when the turbines / foundations are operational.
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Solution Briefs | Design | Hybrid Advanced Physics | Life Extension | Operations | Parametric Components | Scale & Speed | Sensor Integration

Structural analysis and life extension of fixed offshore assets

Oil and gas platforms operate in demanding conditions that require a real time assessment of risk and cost to operate efficiently. Traditional approaches to structural analysis don’t support global system models at a level that accurately reflects physical models, and can’t accurately capture cumulative effects in the global structural model. Akselos offers a full-cycle approach with a predictive Digital Guardian that offers a step change in Asset Management.
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Solution Briefs | Hybrid Advanced Physics | Life Extension | Operations | Parametric Components | Scale & Speed

Structural analysis and life extension for offshore floating structures

Offshore floating structures used within the oil and gas industry must withstand extreme environmental loads, and are consequently designed not only for safety, but also for long-term performance and reliability. Akselos is the only near real-time structural integrity tool providing holistic, detailed models that help you enhance durability of offshore installations with greater upfront confidence in designs and life extension decisions.
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Case Studies | Operations | Parametric Components | Sensor Integration

Digital Twins of Pressure Vessels: unlocking the full potential of OGTC’s robotic inspection. Joint industry Project with the Oil and Gas Technology Center.

At Akselos, we’ve been working with asset integrity service company, CAN Group, and the UK Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) to apply RB-FEA to the simulation of pressure vessels to create near real-time, structural digital twins. As a result, a cross-disciplinary team has developed improved processes for managing pressure vessels by combining Akselos’ new engineering simulation techniques with robotics and non-intrusive inspection (NII) techniques. Together, these techniques are expected to deliver better operational efficiency, including a 45% reduction in downtime and a 25% reduction in maintenance and inspection costs.
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Solution Briefs | Energy Hub | Hybrid Advanced Physics | Parametric Components

Accelerated nonlinear analysis for ball bearings

When bearings fail to meet their expected life or performance levels, the consequences are significant. They can include increased down time, high maintenance costs, loss of revenue, and missed deliveries. Akselos enables engineers to optimize products through fast 3D contact analysis that helps to reduce friction and extend bearing fatigue life.
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Solution Briefs | Life Extension | Operations | Parametric Components | Scale & Speed

Enhancing FPSO industry through Akselos’ innovative Structural Digital Twin Technology

Learn how Akselos provides breakthrough digital twin technology that delivers unique solutions to the challenges that the oil & gas industry is facing. A truly transformational digital twin technology for best-in-class structural integrity management throughout all phases of FPSO lifecycle.
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Solution Briefs | Hybrid Advanced Physics | Life Extension | Parametric Components

Structural analysis and life extension for mining and port infrastructure

Heavy machinery used in ports and mines machines are often exposed to premature failures during operations. Akselos supports structural analysis applications that cover the entire lifecycle, from design to the operations phase, and through to eventual decommissioning. This gives engineers the results they need to create safe designs and to assess the strength of their structures regardless of their complexity.
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White Papers | Parametric Components

Component-based reduced basis simulations

Akselos enables the extremely fast simulation of large and complex parametrized systems, through the Reduced Basis (RB) method and a component-based approach. This enables engineers to create large, reusable, and reconfigurable models in an efficient manner. The combination of these two ingredients provides a new modeling framework that accelerates conventional Finite Element Analysis (FEA) without sacrificing accuracy.
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White Papers | Parametric Components

Component-based reduced basis for symmetric eigenproblems

We provide eigenvalue a posteriori error estimators and we present various numerical results to demonstrate the accuracy, flexibility and computational efficiency of our approach. We are able to obtain large speed and memory improvements compared to a classical Finite Element Method (FEM), making our method very suitable for large models commonly considered in an engineering context.
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Case Studies | Videos | Life Extension | Operations

Extending the life of Ireland’s only pumped storage station with a structural digital twin, co-hosted with ESB

In this webinar you will hear about an ongoing project between ESB and technology provider Akselos, to use structural Digital Twins to determine the original design life of Turlough Hill, assess the impact of the historical operation of the plant and unlock further operational capabilities from Turlough Hill. This is done while ensuring the integrity of the asset and the safety of staff.
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Brochures | Parametric Components

Revolutionising asset integrity management for defense and aerospace industry

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Brochures | Cloud Platform | Design | Hybrid Advanced Physics | Life Extension | Operations | Parametric Components | Scale & Speed | Sensor Integration

Akselos Integra™ capabilities

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Brochures | Cloud Platform | Design | Hybrid Advanced Physics | Life Extension | Operations | Parametric Components | Scale & Speed | Sensor Integration

13 great things about Akselos

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Case Studies | Videos | Cloud Platform | Life Extension | Parametric Components | Scale & Speed

World’s Largest Digital Twin: Akselos’ successful deployment for Shell’s Bonga Main FPSO

Our structural Digital Twin technology was applied to the Shell Bonga FPSO, becoming the largest asset in the world to be protected by a structural Digital Twin. With near real-time analysis, the physics-based model of the asset allows Shell and Akselos to monitor the overall health of the asset, reduce down time and boost efficiencies, all while enabling safe asset life extension. Watch our latest video to find out how Akselos’ RB-FEA technology is helping transform the future of the FPSO industry.
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White Papers | Energy Hub | Life Extension | Operations | Parametric Components | Scale & Speed | Sensor Integration

RB-FEA based Digital Twin for structural integrity assessment of offshore structures

The speedup and level of detail achieved through the reduced basis finite element analysis (RB-FEA) technology is a key enabler for the Akselos’ digital twins. Thanks to sensor data integration it enables true condition-based modeling of large and critical assets, allowing all relevant structural details to be included in the model. The result is the ability to operate critical assets beyond their design life.
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Brochures | Design | Energy Hub | Life Extension | Scale & Speed

Digital twins for high performance wind system engineering and exascale deployment

Akselos Physic-Based Predictive Digital Twin, a mechanical simulation of the wind turbine that can be continually analysed, and re-analysed, throughout the life of the asset. Combined with sensor data from real turbine, the Digital Twin provides Top Predictive Power.
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Case Studies | Videos | Cloud Platform | Operations | Parametric Components | Sensor Integration

Digital twins of pressure vessels – making non-intrusive inspection the status quo. Co-hosted with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre

In this webinar you will hear about the results of a peer reviewed OGTC project that will allow the non-intrusive inspection of pressure vessels to become the status quo. Attendees will hear about how Structural Digital Twins were used to make a physics-based assessment of ultrasonic inspection data to understand the structural integrity of the vessel. Presenters will show how the new approach reduced an API 579 Level 3 Assessment workflow from seven days to a matter of hours, without the need to take the vessel offline or use visual inspection techniques. Through the use of emerging structural simulation technology that’s 1000 times faster than conventional software, vessels can be continually monitored to deliver better operational efficiency, including a 45% reduction in downtime and a 25% reduction in maintenance and inspection costs.
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Solution Briefs | Videos | Life Extension | Operations | Parametric Components | Scale & Speed | Sensor Integration

Akselos seamless workflow for 3D joints

Move from beams to a fully-meshed 3D joints model - according to DNVGL-RP-C203. Akselos RB-FEA technology allows for more accurate hotspot stresses, less conservative fatigue results to support decisions regarding life extension.
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Brochures | Life Extension | Operations | Sensor Integration

Revolutionizing asset integrity management – Digital Guardian Oil and Gas

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Solution Briefs | Videos | Life Extension | Operations | Scale & Speed

Establishing FPSO integrity through innovative structural digital twin technology | FPSO World Congress 2020

Structural digital twins are being used to revolutionise asset integrity management for FPSOs. Hear about the world's largest, physics-based digital twin in action, led by our CTO, Dr. David Knezevic and industry veteran Mat Podskarbi.
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Brochures | Life Extension | Operations | Sensor Integration

Revolutionizing asset integrity management – Oil and Gas

The brochure presents Akselos asset categories for the Oil and Gas industry including: - Offshore floating assets - Offshore fixed assets - Pressure vessels and pipelines - Rotating assets With Akselos, the industry can revolutionize how it manages its critical assets. By creating a condition-based model that allows engineers to model defects and test scenarios, companies can move towards zero unplanned downtime and better inform the decision-making process when it comes to structural integrity.
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Akselos | RB-FEA technology | Code Checking
Solution Briefs | Videos | Life Extension

Akselos Codecheck: innovating Asset Life Extension

Akselos with its high-resolution model can provide improved knowledge of the real fatigue life of the asset so that the operator can consider a longer economic life for the asset.Akeslos provides a completely new approach to the evaluation of Asset Life that cannot be achieved using traditional methods.
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Akselos | component based simulation
Solution Briefs | Videos | Parametric Components

Akselos structural simulation of an FPSO

Akselos Integra offers a unique structural simulation method with which engineers can efficiently construct large, reusable, and reconfigurable models from smaller, parametrized components. This component-based modeling approach lets engineers quickly create custom model versions by changing the parameters of individual components to support different analysis scenarios. This results in a powerful interface to perform structural simulation quickly and efficiently.
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Akselos digital twin | condition based simulation
Solution Briefs | Videos | Operations | Parametric Components

Accelerating structural simulation with Akselos RB-FEA workflow

Watch us run condition-based simulations on a model containing 20 million Degrees of Freedom, in a fraction of a second.
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Solution Briefs | Videos | Cloud Platform | Hybrid Advanced Physics | Scale & Speed

Akselos SIMLAB series #3: Advanced Contact and Plasticity Analysis for Large Problems

Large, three dimensional contact problems are among the most challenging problems for structural simulation systems. Converged solutions are often difficult to obtain, especially when the additional effects of friction and material plasticity are significant. Akselos Reduced Basis Finite Element Analysis (RB-FEA) is a new approach to structural simulation which is 1000x faster than conventional techniques. Akselos contains a hybrid solution capability that may be used to greatly increase the speed and stability of contact models. These computational benefits allow contact effects to be included within models of in-service scenarios resulting in enhanced predictive capabilities. This webinar will provide an overview of these capabilities and how they may be applied to both design and in-service applications.
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Akselos digital twin | decision support system
Solution Briefs | Videos | Cloud Platform | Life Extension | Operations | Scale & Speed | Sensor Integration

Accurate fatigue failure analysis with Akselos Decision Support System

The Decision Support System is a powerful tool within the Akselos Integra platform that provides engineers with a holistic view of the model’s strength and stability, at the same time, for different loading conditions. It can be used to automate standards-based analyses by post-processing load case results using codes from class societies (e.g. Lloyd’s Register, DNV-GL, ABS, etc.). The tool then generates reports that summarize critical issues. Results are displayed on the model so users can see which specific components are over-strength or under-strength based on predefined tolerances. This is an immense timesaving tool that aids engineers in assessing the reliability of their designs and assets quickly and efficiently.
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Akselos | Hybrid solving | physics-based digital twin
Solution Briefs | Videos | Hybrid Advanced Physics | Parametric Components

Accelerated component-based modeling approach

Akselos Integra enables fast nonlinear analysis within large and complex structures using the Hybrid Solver. Using the component-based modeling approach, engineers can use FEA components to model localized contact regions in conjunction with RB-FEA components to model linear regions in the rest of the global model. Taking advantage of the fast RB-FEA components, the Hybrid Solver allows for the accuracy and flexibility of FEA for nonlinear analysis and still brings RB-FEA acceleration to regions of the model in which the behaviour is purely linear. This frees up computational time while enabling them to gain a deeper confidence in the design.
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