Fundamentals of Finite Element Analysis: Complete Beginners Guide

There is no doubt in my mind that Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is the cornerstone of my career. I attribute most of my career successes to both engineering and FEA knowledge. However, when I started, I really hated FEA... it was an intimidating thing I had to do for my Ph.D... and I almost exclusively [...]

Fundamentals of Finite Element Analysis: Complete Beginners Guide

What are the advantages of Finite Element Method

Learning how to do Finite Element Analysis took me several years. I admit I mostly learned with trial and error (there were no FEA online courses back then, or at least I haven't found any!). So if you are at the beginning of this learning process, it's natural to have doubts. It's only fair to [...]

What are the advantages of Finite Element Method

What are the Applications of Finite Element Analysis

I think that I have a tendency to overuse FEA. Since I know how to do it, it feels natural for me to do so! I guess it's true that when you have the hammer, everything looks like a nail to you! Thinking about this, in this post I want to discuss what are the [...]

What are the Applications of Finite Element Analysis

What’s the Difference Between FEA and CFD?

I got lucky (I think!). At an early point in my career, I realized I won't be able to learn everything there is to learn. Instead, I will focus on what I consider "fun" while giving myself some ease about other things. This is why there aren't any CFD articles on the blog - I simply don't [...]

What’s the Difference Between FEA and CFD?

Fun story of the Hooke’s law

I must confess I always felt like a rebel when it comes to how I think about engineering and teaching. I'm not a complex math junky, but I don't think it stopped me to understand complex problems. If anything I believe I understand them even better... and lack of "math" simply made stuff more fun and [...]

Fun story of the Hooke’s law

Structural rigidity: Moment of inertia

I got a question from Manoj about the basics of rigidity. Since the post about structural rigidity (gummy bears!) is so popular I figured it would be nice to share another story about rigidity I often use... cavemen! The question may seem simple, but I'm sure there will be plenty cool ideas in this post [...]

Structural rigidity: Moment of inertia

Buckling length basics

I'm preparing materials for another training about stability and I figured I have never written anything about frame stability on the blog! It's high time, so I decided to make a small roundup of methods on calculating buckling length in a frame system. Buckling length - do I need it? Let's start with the obvious: [...]

Buckling length basics

Structural rigidity explained!

Structural rigidity is a very underrated concept I'm afraid. You see, usually, which part is more rigid than other does not directly influence the code-driven design methods. "Magic" happens when you do static design, and this process is far less regulated that dimensioning itself. I often meet engineers who completely do not understand this concept. [...]

Structural rigidity explained!
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