What You Need to Know About Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Finite Element Analysis

INTEGRIS specializes in Finite Element Analysis (FEA).  FEA is a computerized method for predicting how a product reacts to real-world forces, vibrations, heat, fluid flow, and other physical effects.  FEA displays whether a product will wear out, break, or work the way it was designed to work.  Several of the areas that FEA can be applied to include:

  • Structure Analysis
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Dynamics
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Electrical Analysis
  • Biomaterials

INTEGRIS utilizes it during the New Product Development process to assist in predicting what is going to happen when the product is used.  FEA breaks down an object into a large number (thousands to hundreds of thousands) of finite elements. Little cubes are an excellent example of the finite elements the objects are broken down into.  Then, mathematical equations are used to predict the behavior of each of those elements.  A computer then adds up each behavior to predict the overall behavior of the actual object.  FEA helps predict the behavior of products affected by the following physical effects:

  • Mechanical Stress
  • Mechanical Vibration
  • Fatigue
  • Motion
  • Heat Transfer
  • Fluid Flow
  • Electrostatics
  • Plastic Injection Molding

There are dozens of software options for FEA.  There are many different types of software that can be used, and choosing the correct one all depends on the project at hand.  INTEGRIS utilizes multiple types of software including software from:

  • ANSYS, Inc. – developer of engineering simulation software used to foresee how product designs will behave and how manufacturing processes will operate in real-world environments.
  • SOLIDWORKS – develops 3D software tools that let the user create, simulate, publish, and manage data.
  • MSC Software – develops different types of software that enables engineers to validate and optimize their designs using virtual prototypes.

It’s all pretty cool, right?  INTEGRIS implements many strategies and types of software into the structural and finite element analyses.  These strategies are what makes INTEGRIS engineers the best in the industry.  For further details, browse our website, where there is plenty of more information on the capabilities of INTEGRIS!  Don’t be afraid to like our Facebook Page, or follow us on Twitter!  Oh, and we also have a LinkedIn page too!  Still not enough?  Sign up for our email list here!