The challenge was to ensure that a shutoff valve, operating 5,000 feet below sea level, had adequate clearance to function in spite of the great water pressure applied to the device.
Innalytical Solutions completed a finite element analysis of the valve design to verify the deflection did not affect its operation. Images used courtesy of Deep Sea Innovations.
Once the FEA analysis was completed, the customer requested an animated video that would explain the operation of the valve, and also demonstrate that it would operate at the bottom of the sea. The animation shown below was created in SolidWorks and proved invaluable to the customer.