Design Engineering opens doors to new advances. In a technologically-centric industry such as oil and gas, it is an integral pillar in thrusting the industry forward. 


Fluid Progression. Computer fluid dynamics (CFD) refers to a computer-based tool that simulates systems involving fluid flow, and can be used effectively in a variety of oil and gas industry applications. 


Dynamic Design Engineering Solutions

Design engineering opens doors to new advances. In a technologically-centric industry such as oil and gas, it is an integral pillar in thrusting the industry forward. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and experienced professionals, SIRIM’s Design Engineering Section offers a wide range of services in various research and development as well as technology-related work in design and modelling.

Our Section has over two decades of experience in sectors such as automotive and in the process, has accumulated extensive expertise that can be easily applied to the oil and gas industry. Our Design Engineering is currently focused on computer-aided engineering, which encompasses structural finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). We also emphasise on parts and components design studies, for example, oil and gas piping thickness, flow rate and efficiency prediction prior to fabrication.

Computer fluid dynamics (CFD) refers to a computer-based tool that simulates systems involving fluid flow, and can be used effectively in a variety of oil and gas industry applications. Among others, it can simulate scenarios of oil flowing through a pipe and show how it affects the structure of the pipe, as well as other related aspects such as how the thickness of the pipe could affect its efficacy.

The CFD is able to perform detailed simulations and analyse problems, and thus has distinctive advantages over traditional modelling tools in providing optimised design solutions.

     

Enhancing Its Expertise

With the demand for such services steadily picking up, particularly in the emerging market of Southeast Asia, we are optimistic about the potentials of engineering and requirements in the development of parts and components despite of its fairly competitive areas, building up our expertise and reputation as we go along.

SIRIM’s Design Engineering Section was recently engaged in the construction of display models for oil and gas player Aker Solutions using a new state-of-the-art 3D printing and selective laser sintering (SLS) technology.

A conventional modeller might take several months to build one display model, but with the rapid prototyping technology that the 3D printer offers, we are confident of shortening the duration of the process significantly. With this comprehensive 3D printing solution in place, we hope that it will open doors to an even wider range of applications. This is an important breakthrough that the oil and gas industry can take advantage of.

SIRIM also hopes to expand its capabilities to include more solutions for the oil and gas industry. In addition to computer-aided engineering and display model fabrication, we are also looking forward to diversify our scope to cover analysis such as equipment defect investigation and fitness for service (FFS).

 
     

Y-Tee Piping components
Complementing Capabilities

Despite being relatively new to the industry, SIRIM’s Design Engineering Section has a fair share of success stories. Among them is the design study it conducted on the use of Y-Tee piping components for Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas (MLNG) in Bintulu, Sarawak.

When dealing with a high-stakes industry such as oil and gas, it is important that the equipment is well designed to meet the relevant standards at minimal. We ensure the effectiveness of the designs so that the respective parts are durable and can function optimally.

Apart from that, our Design Engineering Section also provide services for equipment suppliers. The vendors come to us with their designs and we help them by conducting computer simulation exercises to predict the fluid dynamics behaviour and structural analysis to identify the relevant design parameters, such as component wall thickness.

Although we face some formidable competition within the region in this field, we will continue to diligently build on our strengths and foster customer confidence in our expertise.