Femap Bolt Preload Tutorial

I think that many engineers, especially in the structural field, start FEA to calculate complex connections. There are few traps on such problems, and one of them is preloading bolts! This is why I've created a tutorial to do just that in Femap! I hope you will like it! There are several ways in which [...]

Femap Bolt Preload Tutorial

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 is Meant by Degrees of Freedom in FEA?

What I really like about Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is, that it's full of small things that make you say "ah, so this is what it does!". Degrees of Freedom is just like that. It's critical to understand the very basics, but there are a few fun nuances here and there as well. Let's take [...]

What is Meant by Degrees of Freedom in FEA?

What Are Different Boundary Conditions In FEA?

It's relatively easy to perform an FEA analysis, but it's definitely difficult to run an analysis that produces reasonable outcomes. During my Ph.D. research, I've learned that boundary conditions are often the issue. Seemingly simple they can cause a lot of trouble for you - so let's wonder what are the proper boundary conditions in [...]

What Are Different Boundary Conditions In FEA?

FEA analysis won’t run? Fix it with this #FEAchecklist!

It's time for the second part of the #FEAchecklist! Last time we were checking stuff before starting an analysis. Now, let's wonder what to check if you see analysis errors when your analysis fails to run. I can honestly say I'm kind of an expert here... I'm pretty certain I've made most of the possible [...]

FEA analysis won’t run? Fix it with this #FEAchecklist!

Before you run an analysis: #FEAchecklist!

My friend and employee Asia just started a maternity leave. Since she was also responsible for training our new team member, in her "casual-self" brilliance she left her an "FEA with no stress" checklist. I've read it, and it's so awesome that I simply have to share it with you! It also gives me a [...]

Before you run an analysis: #FEAchecklist!

Nonlinear supports in FEA: Gap Elements (NX Nastran) [Q&A #2]

Recently I got a great question from Ardalan (thanks for writing mate!) about defining nonlinear supports in FEA. I think he does a better job of defining the problem: First how to constraint an entity with in tolerance rather than completely fixing it? i.e. how to define a certain range of motion for an entity [...]

Nonlinear supports in FEA: Gap Elements (NX Nastran) [Q&A #2]

Symmetry in FEA may be dangerous

Symmetry in FEA is great, as it reduces the size of the task. This, in turn, shortens the computing time. Computing time is still a big issue, especially when you run complex models. Without a doubt, this is why using symmetry in FEA is so popular. There is a catch to this, however, as you [...]

Symmetry in FEA may be dangerous

When to ignore contact in FEA?

Linear FEA calculations are the most common type of static analysis done with finite elements. So far we have discussed when it is safe to ignore material nonlinearity and when to ignore geometric nonlinearity. Ignoring those aspects allow you to use linear analysis which is a simple yet robust tool. There is another thing we should [...]

When to ignore contact in FEA?

Changing active forces for enforced deformations and vice versa

I have seen many mistakes where people wrongly changed enforced deformations with active forces. In some cases, this is a simple task, which gives beginners the feeling that they can always do it easily. This, in turn, leads to various mistakes in analysis. I think it is worth discussing this, to point out common mistakes [...]

Changing active forces for enforced deformations and vice versa

Finite Element Analysis workflow

When I first started working with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) I had a huge problem in understanding what to do. I had a basic engineering knowledge but I simply did not understand what was the order of the steps. Suddenly the software had many "modules" and each was screaming at me that some data is [...]

Finite Element Analysis workflow

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
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