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FEA (Finite Element Analysis)

Finite element analysis (FEA) is the use of calculations, models and simulations to predict and understand how an object might behave under various physical conditions. Engineers use FEA to find vulnerabilities in their design prototypes.

FEA uses the finite element method (FEM), a numerical technique that cuts a structural object into many pieces, or elements, and then reconnects the elements at points called nodes. The FEM creates a set of algebraic equations which engineers, developers and other designers can use to perform finite element analysis.

Using finite element analysis can reduce the number of physical prototypes created and experiments performed while also optimizing all components during the design phase.

Slideshow

The slide show below shows the FEA results from subjecting mechanical and structural components to loads.

Tent Support Structure Stress, Load = 100 mph (161km/hr) Wind.

Chain Hook Stress, Load = 5 kips (22.2 kN).

IPV Stress, External Pressure = 1000 psi (6.9 MPa).

Armored Cable Termination Stress, Load = 10 kips (44.5 kN).

Boat Lift Piling Support Stress, Load = 3 kips (13.3 kN).

BLAT Drive Pipe Stress, Load = 2000 kips (8.9 MN).

BLAT Top Breech Lock Stress, Load = 2000 kips (8.9 MN) .

Storage Tank Weldment Stress, Load = 24 kips (106.8 kN) .

Slurry Gate Valve Stress, Load = 90 psi (620.5 kPa) .

Slurry Gate Valve Deflection, Load = 90 psi (620.5 kPa) .

What FEA Can Do For You

FEA can be used to calculate stress and deflection in machine parts, assemblies, weldments, and sheet metal parts that have geometries that don't allow the use of classical stress analyis methods.

SolidWorks Simulation

SolidWorks Simulation improves product reliability by optimizing parts and assemblies for many environments and scenarios. It is a cost effective way to predict a product's real world physical behavior by virtually testing Computer Aided Design (CAD) models.