Spotlight Projects:

The Hopper Engineering Associates team provides practical and exciting solutions to unique problems in several industries. To showcase our recent work we choose a project of the month. An archive of previous winners can be found here.

May 2017 Project:

Air-Cooled Heat Exchanger Structural Analysis
Air-Cooled Heat Exchanger Structural Analysis

Our client required a structural analysisof a new air-cooled heat exchanger assembly to be installed in Peru. The purpose of the assessment was to investigate whether the current design of the steel structure met the structural code requirements when resisting wind and seismic loads.


A series of hand calculations were used with the assistance of a computer model to evaluate the structural members and the connections when resisting the applied lateral loads per the applicablecode. The evaluation was based on the Peruvian Regulations for lateral-load resisting design. This required the critical portions of the document to be translated from Spanish to English. All structural components were evaluated and the heatexchanger was deemed adequate for the design load conditions.

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