Reduce your risk and costs and get to market quicker, with a more robust product

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a method of analysing how a part of assembly will perform over its lifetime. FEA enables you to predict potential design issues and therefore minimise risk to your product, profits, and your business.

FEA is a crucial step that you can easily add to your development program. It will save you time and money by highlighting problems and finding solutions during your product design phase before any material is ordered and before you even contemplate ‘cutting steel’.

What is the Benefit of FEA?

  • Predict potential failures
  • Understand structural behaviour and therefore remove uncertainty in the design phase
  • Check your design is on track during the design process
  • Optimise stress, mass, heat, etc to get the best results before the manufacturing stage of the project
  • Reduce your prototype and testing costs
  • Test working loadings
  • Reduce material costs
  • Check calculations when hand calculations are too difficult

Things to Consider about FEA

  • Engineers use FEA to simulate how a product will respond to expected loading conditions in real world situations.
  • If you are designing a new product, you should consider how to embed FEA into your design cycle.
  • With FEA, you can test your design for stress, vibration, buckling, fatigue, and heat BEFORE prototyping.
  • There are many types of FEA. Which type to choose depends on your product, the materials involved, how it will be made, and how it will be used.
  • If you have decided you want an FEA done on your design, make sure you approach an experienced analyst and be clear about what you want to achieve. A goal is essential.
  • Rubbish in = Rubbish2 out. Don’t let the pretty pictures fool you. FEA results are easily misinterpreted and should be backed up with hand calculations and physical testing.
  • The software may have got cheaper but the skill required to do an accurate and reliable FEA hasn’t changed. Career analysts are few and far between, but worth their weight in gold. We are lucky to have a few on the team at Caliber.

“They quickly grasped what we needed and then set out to achieve that, giving us clear and concise results.”

Brad Hurndell, CEO, SHOTOVER

Analysis Case Studies

Hella Lamp Analysis

Work Lamp Analysis


Analysis reduces bracket prototyping and physical testing requirements.

Cavotec MoorMaster Pedestal

MoorMaster Pedestal


Design a pedestal to elevate the system to meet custom requirements.

Drainage Cell Analysis for Holloway Group

Drainage Cell Analysis


FEA provided critical information that informed the next stage of the design process.

DMU Cattle Weigh Platform

DMU Cattle Weigh Platform


FEA and hand calcs verify the forces and stresses encountered under operating extremes.

High Pressure CO2 Mussel Oil Extraction Vessels

Mussel Oil Extraction Vessels


Technical and drafting support to ensure client requirements and industry standards were met.

FEA AIE Dewatering Roller

Dewatering Roller Analysis


FEA gave assurance that a recommended repair was worth the investment.

analysis of Shotover F1 camera system

F1 Camera Turret Analysis


Operation limits were determined without the need for full scale destructive tests.

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