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Norton Straw completes integrity study for major chemical plant

Norton Straw Consultants, the engineering and management consultancy experts, have announced the completion of a detailed integrity study for a major chemical plant. The operator had detected an incipient flaw in a weld on the outlet manifold of their hydrogen reformer, which operates at extremely high temperatures.  It wasn't clear what the cause of this flaw was or how it would develop during operation.  Although future replacement of the component was clearly necessary, analysis was required to determine when. This...

James Weldon joins as Senior Engineer

We welcome James Weldon as we continue the growth of Norton Straw, adding to our advanced fluid mechanics and thermal engineering capability.  James has joined as Senior Engineer, from Bombardier Transportation, where he worked as Aerodynamics and Thermodynamics Performance Engineer following his time on the graduate scheme; completing rotations in a range of engineering disciplines. James has a Master's degree in Mathematics from Durham University. At Bombardier James coordinated the aerodynamics and thermodynamics work...

Norton Straw completes diversification programme for Glacier Energy Services

Norton Straw Consultants has announced the completion of a business diversification programme for Glacier Energy Services. Glacier Energy is an expanding group of businesses offering products and services relating to heat exchangers, onsite machining, weld cladding and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT).  The company has an excellent pedigree, predominantly in the offshore industry, and wanted to explore how its expertise might be applied in other sectors.  They asked engineering business experts Norton Straw for support. Norton...

Norton Straw completes complex flow-induced vibration analysis of brine cavern pipe

Norton Straw Consultants, the engineering and technology consultancy, recently completed a complex and uncommon assessment relating to Flow-Induced Vibration (FIV) for ABB Limited, on a brine cavern restart project in Cheshire, UK. Flow-induced vibrations are caused by turbulence generated by the flow within a pipe that can cause failure through fatigue, and frequently need to be assessed in the offshore and process industries.  In this case the requirement was to assess potential vibration of a brine pipe for restarting operations...

Norton Straw advises BBC Natural History Unit

We are delighted that Norton Straw's fluid dynamics experts have been advising the BBC Natural History Unit on the hydrodynamics of a novel new range of underwater cameras. Shooting starts later this year on a new series on the maritime ecosystem, and the new cameras are intended to reduce the impact on underwater fauna and allow the BBC to get to places never seen before. Dr Simon Rees of Norton Straw said, 'I've done work on bio-mimetic* flows in the past, looking at how nature has found better solutions to reducing drag...