Zentech was founded in 1980 to provide engineering and software development services to companies across a wide range of industry sectors. During these thirty years we have built many technical and commercial software systems ranging from finite element analysis & design, through subsea field development, to asset management & maintenance.
In the early years our work in the offshore sector led to the development of software for static/dynamic analysis and the design of flexible/rigid risers and umbilicals. We completed several subsea consultancy projects for international oil companies and, through a JIP with some of these, produced a subsea field development design and costing system.
Software development continued through the 1990s and early 2000s with contracts to build a comprehensive asset management system for a major oil operator and an order entry/CRM system for an international healthcare company.
Our focus today is on the specialised application of finite element and fracture mechanics techniques to a wide range of engineering problems and is supported by our many years of broad engineering experience. From an initial contract to develop programs for investigating cracks in simple bars in the late 1980s, we have concentrated on the development of Zencrack, which has now become the leading 3D crack simulation program. Today, it is used by commercial organisations worldwide, ranging from engineering consultants to R&D labs and blue-chip companies, government defence research bodies and various universities.
Recent consultancy projects, supported by Zencrack, in the aerospace, defence and nuclear/energy sectors, include fatigue life prediction and enhancement studies incorporating the effects of plasticity and creep subject to thermo-mechanical loading.