Finite Element Analysis
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is about predicting and testing the performance of a Product. Whether it's a Part or an Assembly, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) can be used for Testing, Development or Failure Analysis.
We Provide Stress Analysis (FEA) & Reports, Including Dynamic Simulation services that:
- Assess performance of a design
- Identify & resolve design faults early
- Identify why a Failure may have occured (Failure Analysis)
- Select the correct materials
- Avoid expensive trial & error approach
- Optimise the design before manufacture
- Are ideal for complex components or systems
- Design to market quickly
An animation (as seen below) shows the transfer of design loads, interaction between components and highlights stress concentrations, which enables us to optimise components, improve their function and increase the products performance.
This assembly was developed by reducing weight while increasing strength, as a result of the FEA process.
This type of simulation is very usefull for showing where the strengths and weaknesses are. In most cases, the strengths can be modified to be made weaker, minimising materials while increasing efficiency.
3D modeling can be very usefull to check that the materials, life cycle, operation and interaction of an assembly is ideal for its environment before commiting to manufacturing.
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Why use Finite Element Analysis?
Developing products using CAD modeling can be fast and efficient., and can save money prior to investing in Manufacturing, Prototyping or 3D Printing.
It will help you identify any problem areas in the design before prototyping and manufacturing. It's much more efficient to highlight potential issues at the 3D modeling stage, enabling you to check for satisfactory operation, optimise your design components, avoiding premature failure, thus eliminating the trial and error approach, and in complex systems it is easier to identify where performance issues are rather than unnecessarily enhacing components that aren't the contributing factor for a failure.
You can select from a range of standard or custom materials for each component in an assembly, and establish whether they are suitable for the expected life cycle. You can expose either a part or an entire assembly to the intended design loads it's going to operate in to identify any issues early on. FEA allows you to identify key weaknesses in a component or design assembly and optimise the design for performance, saving you time and money.
Optimising a design often results the bulk material and weight reductions.
How we can help
Feel free to give us a call and discuss your needs, or catch in person over a coffee, and discuss in detail so we can provide you with advice, lead times and costs associated with your project.
An animation (as seen below) shows the effects of a Design Load on a component. This component was Lightened and Strengthened as a result of the FEA (Stress Analysis) process. The component was prepared using 3D CAD software for easy design changes.
Using Finite Element Analysis (FEA), loads, constraints & material properties were applied and then simulated.
The process can be cheaper and faster than physically building prototypes & testing them. In the FEA Simulation environment, much more detailed information is available for efficient re-design and further testing simulations.
For a discussion on how we can help develop your parts or products with Finite Element Analysis, give us a call on 0415 586 890