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.

October 2016 Project:

Component Seismic Design
Component Seismic Design

Two pressure vessels will be installed at a Laboratory in Menlo Park, CA. In accordance with a client provided seismic design criteria, HEA has been tasked with computing the seismic demand loads for all of the systems and components in addition to the design verification of all non-pressure boundary items.


The vertical vessel, horizontal vessel, connecting duct, and internal and external frames were modeled as one system. All the dead loads and seismic acceleration loads were then applied to the model and structural member capacities were verified. We kept constant client interaction throughout the process to ensure that the final product met the client's expectations.

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