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 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

My FEA story – how learning FEA changed my life!

  However, it may sound when I started studies there was no YouTube around. In all honesty, I don't remember where people put all those sweet cat videos back then... This will be a bit personal post, but based on my story I would love to show you how learning FEA influence engineering career. What [...]

My FEA story – how learning FEA changed my life!

Boundary conditions influence on static design – case study

Each day we do simplifications to boundary conditions just to reduce time spent on analysis. We are all aware, that structured support is crucial, but the actual influence of the proper boundary conditions is rarely examined. See yourself how drastic influence BC have on your design! I will discuss this using a project I just [...]

Boundary conditions influence on static design – case study

Design your silos with FEA – it pays!

Designing steel silos with analytical approach always yields very conservative results. Nonlinear Finite Element Method allow for great optimization of those structures (and other shell structures as well!). I will discuss this based on a silo I have recently designed. […]

Design your silos with FEA – it pays!

Connection rigidity: when it really matters?

Connection rigidity is important in many structural solutions. However taking it into account requires time, the time we usually don’t have. I share here my views on when connection rigidity is important, and when can it be ignored. […]

Connection rigidity: when it really matters?

How to correctly interpret results in nonlinear analysis

As I wrote before, interpretation of results is a difficult task and can lead to serious problems. It is far easier to find a mistake in the model, than understand issues with result interpretation – after all, you will search mistakes everywhere in the model (geometry, loads, boundary conditions), but you will rarely challenge your [...]

How to correctly interpret results in nonlinear analysis
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