FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSISReduce 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.