What is Finite Element Analysis?

What is Finite Element Analysis?

7th March 2019

FEA is a computer-based numerical-analysis technique which involves breaking down large, complex structures (‘models’) into a mesh of discrete elements. The elements are connected to each other, at points called ‘nodes’, creating a continuous surface. The model is ascribed some material properties; it is restrained (to allow the forces to act in a physically realistic manner); a loading scenario is applied; and the FEA software generates sets of equations according to the shape of the elements and material properties.

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Finite Element Analysis: How to create a great model

Finite Element Analysis: How to create a great model

18th March 2019

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is the numerical modelling of structures by breaking them down into a discrete number of ‘elements’. Elements share nodes and at these nodes physical fields such as displacement are calculated. The model is then resolved for a vector of displacements, and from this the effect of loading on the structure can be obtained.

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Romilly is a development engineer at Coventive Composites