AWMA’s designs have been well proven through the successful delivery of gate products into some of Australia’s largest water infrastructure investments with full compliance to rigorours engineering and quality scrutiny, resulting in repeat orders during expansion phases.
AWMA’s mechanical gate designs are developed in-house by a dedicated team who have extensive experience in specialist penstock design with AWMA.
Typically, gate engineering is carried out as single disciplines of either design or manufacturing however AWMA is in the unique position of having specialist design expertise, a dedicated manufacturing facility and install team all in-house. This turn-key capacity provides continuity and reduces learning curves, delivering products of a consistently high standard. All AWMA products are custom designed with 30% being one off applications. This requirement for daily innovative design input constantly builds on AWMA’s repertoire of specialised gate design experience, knowledge and expertise.
The design team work with a number of well recognised external design houses as well as specialist engineering consultants. Additionally, AWMA gate designs are often reviewed and accepted by consultants to set gate specifications on tender documents. By regularly working with external companies AWMA has developed relationships centred on specialist product design. The outcomes have assisted to progress the industry, providing more innovative, safe and efficient products to consistently outperform marketplace designs.
All gate geometry is developed in SolidWorks 3D modeling software and is entered into simulation software suites for linear finite element analysis (where FEAs are used as the principal design method they are validated by hand calculations). AWMA’s design process also includes fatigue, frequency and linear dynamic analysis. All AWMA designers are certified SolidWorks Simulation users. All computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis is carried out in Ansys and Solidworks flow simulation and is independently verified.
AWMA have internal capacity to design and supply control hardware and software and also use external partners as required.
When developing designs, AWMA work closely with our actuator suppliers as well as other key material suppliers.
All AWMA designs focus on reducing installation and whole of life costs for the long term benefit of our industry’s asset owners.