What is Finite Element Analysis?

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a computerised technique that predicts how products and materials will react to forces in the real world, alongside other physical affects, vibrations, heat, and fluid flow. This is important as it demonstrates whether a product will work or fail, helping prevent any products from being produced if they aren’t going to actually work.

In this post, we will discuss the details of Finite Element Analysis and how it works, as well as they key methods of using it to benefit companies and ensure the best products are being made. In addition to this, you can find out how we incorporate the method here at GMT.

How Finite Element Analysis Works

For this Finite Element Analysis to work, it is necessary to break down an object into thousands of smaller constituent parts often referred to as ‘finite elements’. In general, the more elements there are the finer the ‘mesh’ and the more accurate the model and results will be. With the use of complex mathematical equations, it is possible to accurately predict how the product will react to different simultaneous inputs. Thanks to advances in computer software and computer processing power these calculations can be carried out using this method accurately and quickly.  

Importance of Finite Element Analysis

This method helps companies to save time and effort, while also improving the quality of their products. Carrying out Finite Element Analysis is important in many industries as it helps to improve their efficiency and prevents costly mistakes. Without the use of this method, there is the risk that products will not perform as they are intended to.

Advantages of Finite Element Analysis

There are numerous benefits to the method of FEA. This process allows for the safe simulation of conditions that may otherwise be dangerous or difficult to replicate in a physical test environment.

The results produced by FEA software are extremely detailed and accurate, and offer a wide variety of conditions to be tested out. This helps to ensure the safety and efficiency of each product produced. It also saves a lot of time, as doing the analysis by hand, or inflicting the conditions to test the product in person, would be extremely time-consuming.

Once investment in Finite Element Analysis software has been made, it can be used for an endless number of products, constantly helping a business to keep its costs down and produce products of the highest quality.

How GMT Uses Finite Element Analysis

Anti-vibration products

We use a complex and reliable software that incorporates the accurate simulation of the behaviour of materials in our products. We use this software for non-linear analysis of the rubber behaviour to ensure an accurate modelling of the products we design and supply.

The software allows us to place product designs through a variety of different load cases and frequencies to ensure customer specifications can be met whilst ensuring product durability and life are maintained.

Finite Element Analysis plays a large and important role in our design and application process. We have thousands of existing products for customers to choose from, but through the use of Finite Element Analysis, we are able to offer optimised and bespoke solutions to our customers. Designed to meet customer requirements, FEA reduces the time required for us to produce these products.

If you require bespoke products or would like any advice on finding the right product for your requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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