Is Finite Element Analysis on your radar for projects you plan to develop during 2019? If not, it should be.
What It Is Finite Element Analysis
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is an engineering technique used to obtain “approximate solutions of boundary value problems.” By running the specs of your prototype through FEA software, technicians are able to determine strengths, weaknesses, and potential refinements.
Simplified, FEA is a numerical method used for the prediction of how a part or assembly behaves under given conditions. It is used as the basis for modern simulation software and helps engineers to find weak spots, areas of tension, etc. in their designs. The results of a simulation based on the FEA method are usually depicted via a color scale that shows, for example, the pressure distribution over the object (SimScale).
Because FEA takes place in theory first, you’re able to bypass potential hazards by refining your designs before they move beyond the prototype phase, skipping many potential rounds of “trial by error” during development.
Why It Matters
As you evaluate your budget for 2019, perhaps you may conclude that you don’t have room for any extras at all, let alone something like FEA. We would submit, however, that since investing in FEA (especially during the pre-production phase) will save you money down the road, you may find that you can’t afford not to consider it.
The same could be said to those who are concerned that adding FEA to their production schedule might slow things down. Given that FEA can zero in on potential problems, this “added step” could actually save you time in the long run.
We Can Help
Here at American Hydroformers, we are available to answer any questions you have. If you would like to hear more about FEA, or if you would like to discuss our premium services or request a quote, please feel free to contact us at any time.
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