Assignment Fatigue

Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam B.V.
Branche / Vakgebied
Construction, Research and Development
Vereiste taal
Engels, Nederlands


Working student assignment: Fatigue FE post processing tool

Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam is a design and engineering company that specialises in integrated vessel design, equipment design and marine operations engineering. With these disciplines Vuyk has an extensive track record in executing projects independently, in-house with their highly specialists engineering team. Vuyk’s tailor-made designs are always created in close consultation with the customer, resulting in solutions that are “designed to function”.

As part of their policy and mission Vuyk offers apprenticeships and graduation assignments to the Technical Universities and polytechnics. Under the supervision of experienced engineers the students can work in the project teams as apprentice or do their research for their graduation. The research topics are related to technical issues that Vuyk is running into in the course of the projects that are executed. This can be directly linked to an engineering question that needs to be solved or can result in a research question that can serve as a graduation assignment. The topics are therefore always closely linked to the actuality of the projects.

Working student job assignment

At Vuyk engineering ANSYS is often used for finite element analysis of large maritime structures. Resulting stresses are checked against the allowables for yielding, buckling and fatigue. For yield and buckling we have extensive postprocessing tools that make visible in our model what the chance on yield or buckling is. For fatigue we have numerous tools available in excel / mathcad but not as postprocessing tool in ANSYS.

The aim of this assignment is to make a fatigue postprocessing tool in ANSYS that makes it easy to check the whole FE model on fatigue and highlight the areas susceptible for fatigue. Therefore we want you to develop a post processing tool using ANSYS code or Python to calculate the fatigue lifetime of the structure according to the proper class guidelines, for example DNVGL of BV.

Support during graduation

During this assignment a supervisor from Vuyk will be assigned to you. He or she will coach you through your assignment and will have regular meetings to check the progress and the content. As you will work for a longer period of time in the company, you will find out that many employees will be able to help you out with practical issues or discuss with you on technical matters.

Furthermore Vuyk is using a variety of software for design, strength, motion and flow calculations. These can be used during your assignment and you can get support on the application of the software.

We are happy and willing to support the students at all time.

Vuyk will provide a good financial compensation for this assignment.

For questions please contact:

Sebastiaan Schuurman – HR, Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam

Michiel Verdult – Structural department, Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam