A hopper collects ore, which typically falls from an overhead conveyor or is dumped by a belt feeder into the bin. This causes dynamic loads and stresses, which need to be taken into account when designing the hopper. Dynamic Engineering was approached by our client to perform a hopper structural design certification by analysing our client’s proposed design with Finite Element Analysis. We found that it would require strengthening in order to reliably withstand the imposed forces. With relatively cheap modifications, a more robust design was implemented – saving our client on future repair and maintenance costs.
Below the 3D model is shown below. Finite Element Analysis was used to find the stresses:
Our client was able to make significant monetary and time savings by using our expertise as opposed to using one of the larger engineering consulting companies. All our work complies with the relevant Australian Standards.
Most organisations need a trusted partner who will help them navigate through today’s ever changing business environment. Dynamic Engineering Consultants has built up a reputation for providing cost effective world-class engineering support in very quick turnaround times. This makes us the ideal partner for small to medium sized clients that need more flexibility from engineering contractors. Do you have similar requirements for a hopper structural design? Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.