How to approach a snap-through problem

By |June 2nd, 2018|FEA: Intermediate|

Today's post is a video : ) In it, I will discuss various approaches to snap through problems with nonlinear FEA analysis. Understanding this was a stepping stone in my career. I really hope it will be just as useful for you! Takeaway: Let's sum up what I talked about: What is steering? When you [...]

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

By |May 13th, 2018|FEA: Basics, • Linear Analysis, • Nonlinear Analysis, FEA: Intermediate, • Meshing, • Boundary Conditions, • Contact, FEA Topics:|

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 [...]

Different types of analysis in FEA: beyond linear static!

By |January 4th, 2018|FEA: Basics, • Linear Analysis, • Nonlinear Analysis, FEA: Intermediate, FEA Topics:| As promised in the video, you can get my free FEA essentials course. and free nonlinear FEA introductory course! Different types of analysis in FEA (text) Just so you know: this will take around 15 min to read. As I wrote recently this year I want to help you gain confidence in the FEA [...]

Do you need to know math behind FEA?

By |November 30th, 2017|FEA: Basics, • Linear Analysis, • Nonlinear Analysis, FEA: Intermediate, FEA Topics:, Art of Engineering|

Recently I asked a lot of my subscribers what they think is the most difficult thing in FEA. While "interpreting results" or "too much theory in materials" appeared quite often, I also got several answers like: My biggest obstacle is actually understanding the mathematical concept behind it. Although I am really interested in the application [...]

FEA results verification with hand calculations: stability

By |October 19th, 2017|FEA: Basics, FEA: Intermediate, • Post Processing, FEA Topics:|

Last time I described 5 steps to FEA results verification. Among those steps were FEA results verification with hand calculations. I figured it makes sense to expand on this idea. Especially since Luke asked me about something on this topic via email. Luke asks: How is the eigenvalue calculated, can this be done longhand? Can [...]

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

By |September 12th, 2017|FEA: Intermediate, • Boundary Conditions, • Contact, FEA Topics:, Q&A, FEMAP|

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 [...]

Buckling length in sway and non-sway structures

By |August 31st, 2017|• Structural Steel, • Stability, FEA: Intermediate, FEA Topics:, • Linear Buckling, Structural Design Topics:|

One of the few difficult things about buckling lengths is, that you need to know if your structure is a "sway" structure or a "non-sway" structure. Commonly the simple check is made with displacements, but unfortunately, it may lead to serious mistakes! Why should you care about sway and non-sway system Firstly, I want to [...]

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