5 Types of Finite Element Analysis

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Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a crucial part of mechanical and design engineering. It uses calculations, simulations, and models to evaluate and predict an object’s behavior under different physical conditions. You can use FEA to find vulnerabilities in your prototypes and make necessary changes.

FEA has different types and knowing them helps you utilize the most appropriate analyses for simulation and develop a flawless design. With the help of our ANSYS FEA specialists, we’ve made this blog to help you understand FEA and its types.

What is FEA and How Does It Work

Finite Element Analysis is an effective way of observing how different elements can affect a structural design. It uses a numerical technique called the finite element method (FEM), which divides an object’s structure into several elements and then reconnects them at different points called nodes. This process results in a set of algebraic equations which designers, engineers, and developers use to perform different types of FEA.

Types of Finite Element Analysis

Structural Static Analysis

Structural static analysis is a scaled model FEA based on proportions. This analysis aims to determine a physical structure’s behavior under force. It works on the principle that if a structure is stable on a small scale, it will produce the same results as the full-scale structure when you apply linear proportions (load).

Modal Analysis

Every object vibrates at a specific frequency. Adding more objects or external factors like wind or speed increases the vibrations or creates conflict. Modal analysis helps you understand how external factors and vibrations affect a product’s structure. Using this FEA, you can adjust vibrations during the design stage and create a robust end product.

Thermal Engineering Analysis

Temperature also affects the structural design, and with thermal engineering analysis, you can observe how temperature variances impact your product’s structure.

Fluid Dynamic Calculations

This type of FEA is mainly used in the oil and gas industry. It helps understand how fluid behaves during motion and the structural impact of the flow and density of oil or gas. Using fluid dynamic calculations, you can study and predict your product’s potential impact through a pipeline and make necessary changes in its structural design.

Engineering Seismic Calculations

Besides ensuring the stability of your structure, you also need a sturdy location for it. Engineering seismic calculations help understand a structure’s performance under various ground vibrations and frequencies.

Simulation process

At Connekt LLC, we offer Finite Element Analysis and consultation services in San Jose and other areas in Northern California. We help businesses produce innovative, high-quality, and reliable designs in shorter development types. Our other services include 3D printing, custom injection molding, and engineering design services. Contact us to get started.

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