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

Difference Between Implicit vs Explicit Analysis

Picture this: You are making a presentation of your Ph.D. thesis on stability at one of the seminars. Everything goes smoothly, and finally, it's question time! And someone out of the blue asks: "what is the difference between implicit and explicit approach?"! And since you are doing static stability... you never even heard those terms! [...]

Difference Between Implicit vs Explicit Analysis

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?

Can You do Finite Element Analysis by Hand?

It's the beginning of 2009. I'm sitting in one of the lectures of my Ph.D. program. Finally, we will start to learn about Finite Element Method! My company is slowly developing, and I'm really hopeful that this will allow me to spread my wings! And then professor says: "let's start with basic matrix operations"... You [...]

Can You do Finite Element Analysis by Hand?

What are the Types of Elements Used in FEA?

I started paying attention to meshing way too late I think. When I started my Ph.D. I literally divided elements into two categories: those that throw errors and those that don't! But even then I was lucky - I could simply check scientific papers on similar topics and use the elements that someone else used before. [...]

What are the Types of Elements Used in FEA?

Why is a Triangular Element Stiffer?

Somehow I never used triangular elements. Not that I knew why TRI are "bad". I think I just didn't like how they look (!). This saved me quite some trouble, proving that sometimes having luck (let's call this a gut feeling shall we?) really helps! But you don't have to rely on a gut feeling - [...]

Why is a Triangular Element Stiffer?

How Accurate is Finite Element Analysis?

FEA accuracy is a topic that often provokes discussions. Without a doubt, there are FEA evangelists (I would include myself to the group!) and FEA disbelievers. So, let's take a look and wonder how accurate is Finite Element Analysis. FEA is almost like a calculator: it's as accurate as its user. But it's also quite [...]

How Accurate is Finite Element Analysis?

What are Nodes and Elements in Finite Element Analysis?

Nodes and Elements are the very backbones of Finite Element Analysis. You will use them in every analysis you will perform in FEA, so learning about them seems like a good idea! So, what are Nodes and Elements in Finite Element Analysis? In FEA, you divide your model into small pieces. Those are called Finite Elements [...]

What are Nodes and Elements in Finite Element Analysis?
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