Simulation and Testing
PDC’s product development is critical to ensuring our products work as intended. We monitor this by testing and responding to what the tools are telling us when they are in use. We employ Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to simulate the flow of fluid while using the tool, and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to ensure designs are durable and won’t fail under the intended application. Our live testing capability covers sizes from 3” to 36”, with simulation software covering larger sizes.
Once we have completed a full-run analysis and believe we have a sound design, we build a prototype for field-testing. In all cases, a customer will try out the tool on an actual job. The feedback we gain in these real-world conditions is critical to improving and optimizing the design and fabricating follow-on models with different capacities or applications.
The overall research-design-engineering-simulation-testing process is a continuous and dynamic one. We review technical information and physical properties of the tools after use, and incorporate the new information, creating a feedback loop of constant improvement.