HOUSTON—Trelleborg's offshore operation, based in Houston, has set up a global riser analysis team to incorporate in-house mathematical simulation capabilities into its current engineering group.
According to Trelleborg, the team consists of analysis experts on finite element and computational fluid dynamics. They will be utilizing "specialized software" to complete the company's engineering service to customers.
The team, it said, is able to "model equipment and system responses to environmental forces, providing greater opportunities for design optimization." This will be cost-saving while increasing service life and multi-functional designs, according to Trelleborg.
"Through this new service, the team will help advance our product development and design opportunities at the system level as well as bring innovative ideas and cost savings to our customers," said Antony Croston, business group director with Trelleborg's offshore operation.
The team, Trelleborg said, will use its consulting background to offer customers in-house analyses of offshore drilling and production operations, applying a fully coupled vessel-to-well approach.
"These riser studies will assist clients in defining operational methodologies and structural system limitations for offshore drilling and production operations globally," said the company.
The global riser analysis team is currently developing systems to reduce drilling riser drag and fatigue loadings to improve rig uptime in demanding environments.