Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a type of computer program that uses the finite element method to analyze a material or object and find how applied stresses will affect the material or design. FEA can help determine any points of weakness in a design before it is manufactured.
FEA Simulation allows design engineers to simulate real-world scenarios to validate a design before a single part has been made. This saves costs in the development process and speeds time to market.
Static, dynamic and nonlinear analysis of parts and assemblies are used to create structurally solid designs. With a given number of loads and constraints, the FEA analysis allows engineers to make a reasonable decision regarding the soundness of the part or assembly. This information determines whether further design refinements are warranted.
Here are some of the ways MPE utilizes FEA Simulation during the design process:
- Compare how a new product design will perform versus an existing design.
- Drop or impact analysis – Conduct simulated impact tests to assure the product is robust enough to handle the rigors of daily use.
- Test the maximum deflection of an assembly with full component load.
- Frequency analysis – Evaluate the effects of harmonics on a structure.
- Thermal analysis – Assess the effects of temperature variations.
- Load analysis – Determine the maximum safe weight load of a platform.
The benefits of this technology are many. In the process of getting a new product to market, speed is one of the main goals. Being able to perform accurate analyses without the manufacturing time needed to make prototype parts is a huge advantage.