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It has been a great two years. Based in South West I really aim to help others with mechanical engineering problems or just supply engineering support if time or resources are limited.

For over 20 years I have been passionately involved with engineering, design and manufacture in the South West. I use various engineering tools to confidently design components, assemblies and systems.

I have an innate ability to understand mechanics; to be able to assess and stipulate required functionality and strength, considering manufacturability, tolerances, materials, stress concentrations and duty.

Simulation through Computer Aided Design (CAD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Fatigue and Durability, and Multi-body dynamics (MBD) with the mechanical understanding are all tools used for design, drawing and manufacture.

To remove elements of engineering judgment - ensuring a system performs effectively - hand calculations are combined with linear and non-linear implicit FEA. This allows for an understanding of material limits for yield and ultimate strength during occasional high load events and fatigue.  Before complex structures are blindly analysed simple models are built to benchmark and concur with hand calculations; ensuring mass balances are correct and align with external input and output force balances.

My ethos is to know as much as possible, thus reducing factors of the unknown. My questioning mind helps with problem solving, enabling me to understand working environments to ensure devices and systems function as intended, and to create weight, cost efficient components and systems. This is often reinforced by devising, conducting & using test / trials data.

A sound understanding of Hydraulics and Pneumatics along with Electrical systems have also greatly help holistic designs.

Now Freelance under Matters Mechanical Ltd I am free to assist others.

Often ‘good enough is perfect’ and definitely, ‘perfect is good enough’!!

Skills

  • HyperWorks, HyperMesh, HyperView and Optistruct
  • ANSYS Workbench
  • Understanding of LsDyna and Explicit FEA
  • SolidWorks Simulation Premium
  • SolidWorks Parametric CAD
  • AutoCAD 2D and 3D
  • DraftSight
  • Hand / Spreadsheet calculations
  • Free Body Diagrams
  • Material behaviour
  • nCode DesignLife
  • DeweSoft Data Acquisition
  • Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Electrical system engineering
  • Spreadsheet data manipulation
  • Part documentation control
  • Enterprise Product Document Management