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FEA and Composites, Pt 1 - as soon as composite strength value is exceeded by stress level present in any ply, structure has failed; understanding logical approach to assessing strength results in thin shell structures, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014

Global-to-Local Modeling in FEA - in situ local modeling positions high-fidelity local model directly within overall global model; analysis is run in 2 stages in independent local modeling, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014

When is Gravity Loading Necessary for Resonant Vibration Problems? - flexible systems gravity effects cannot be neglected otherwise FEA models for resonant frequency calculations will be incorrect, David Dearth, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2014

Simplify FEA Simulation Models Using Planar Symmetry - geometry, material, loading, boundary conditions have to exhibit symmetry when selecting planar symmetry, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2014

FEA Exercise: How to Analyze a Simple Dynamic Load - designing container from steel for encasing low-level radioactive waste, modeling geometry, strike duration, material properties, Fred Jensen, Machine Design, June 10, 2014

SIMULIA SCC Highlights Simulation in an Enterprise Context - v 6.14 has new creep models, integrated composite crush solution for crumpling, parallelization of discrete element method solver, improved hyperelastic performance, anisotropic materials support for Eulerian Lagrangian CEL, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, June 6, 2014

How to Use FEA for Thermal Analysis - considering 3 types of heat transfer: conduction, convection, radiation; 4 types of analysis solutions: linear, nonlinear, steady-state analysis, transient analysis, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, May 5, 2014

Dassault Systemes' Director Outlines SIMULIA 6.14 Updates - framework to model viscoelastic behavior, automated particle and fluids CEL for mesh refinement, ability to couple system level logical, physical control systems into Abaqus, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, May 29, 2014

Nonlinear Analysis - Stress/Strain Curves for Material Models - type of stress, strain to be used for stress/strain curve, depending on analysis option, type of material model used, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, May 27, 2014

How Accurate is FEA and CFD Simulation? - make sure type of simulation being run corresponds to mode of failure expected in reality, Javelin Technologies, May 26, 2014

Joints and Connections in FEA - discussing bolting requirements, FEA simulation, bolt preload, 1D bolt modeling, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, May 5, 2014

Flying with Structural FEA - 2 main drivers for mixed FEA, conventional stressing approach: approximation, certification; popular structural analysis techniques within aerospace industry: multi-body dynamics analysis, non-linear analysis, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Mar 29, 2014

The ABC's of FEA as Simple as 1-2-3 - Poisson's Ratio, Young's Modulus define behavior of material used in linear static simulation, Stephen Petrock, SolidWorks Tech Blog, Mar 14, 2014

Structural FEA in the Automotive Industry - understanding FEA technologies, simulation methods involved in creating vehicle, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2014

Finite Element Analysis Reveals Clutch Vibrations - define input data for model including material properties for each part of clutch disc, build 3D model, apply boundary conditions, review results in viewer to identify critical frequencies, mode shapes, Oday Abdullah & Josef Schlattmann, Machine Design, Feb 19, 2014

FEA Loading Tips - understanding loading types, avoid point loads, mapping from external data, consider alternative loading methods, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2014

Accuracy and Checking in FEA, Pt 2 - run auxiliary thermal, gravity analyses, perform postprocessing checks on element results, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2014

Sealing Successful FEA - Trelleborg Sealing Solutions offers FEA software to provide reliable seal-related modeling on per application basis, Product Design & Development, Jan 21, 2014

SimWise 4D - Motion, Finite Element Analysis, and Optimization in One Package - comprehensive integrated mechanical simulation product has good optimization tool, maintains bi-directional associativity between CAE simulation/analysis and CAD modeling environments, price for node-locked license starts at $4,995, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Jan 20, 2014

Accuracy and Checking in FEA, Pt 1 - element aspect ratio is one of best element checking formats available, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2014

Autodesk Sim 360 for On-Demand FEA - web-base app can store multiple versions of simulations online, provides faster FEA results, easy learning curve, provides integrated communications for design collaboration, Francis Sebastian, CADdigest.com, Dec 10, 2013

FEA Buyer's Guide for Pre- and Post Processing Software - consider accuracy, accessing CAD data, FE model creation, idealization, solver support, UI, results comprehension, automation, customization, Scott Wertel, Engineering.com, Sep 27, 2013

Integrate FEA and CAD - problematic areas: geometry, configuration, robustness, idealization method; use FEA-friendly CAD to break through roadblocks, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2013

Impact, Drop and Crash Testing and Analysis - implicit vs explicit solver, advantages, disadvantages of explicit solver, applying explicit analysis: initial loading state, model checking, data output, post-processing, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1,2013

Overcoming FEA Roadblocks - Creating a Useful FE Model - dealing with major roadblocks: mesh creation and control, boundary condition definition, solver integration, Scott Wertel, Engineering.com, July 9, 2013

New to Finite Element Analysis - experience software in real world, consider vendor-based training, find mentor, experiment to develop FEA skills, follow career plan, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2013

Generate an FEA Report in Inventor Professional 2014 - make linear static analysis assumptions, use legend settings, report formats, publish results as DWF, DWFX, PDF documents, Radu Stancescu, Cadalyst, June 30, 2013

Overcoming FEA Roadblocks - Leverage Existing CAD Data - benefits of simulation, recreate failure mode, optimize design, analyze parameters of trade study using simulation, consider roadblocks, Scott Wertel, Engineering.com, June 13, 2013

Handling Uncertainty in Material Properties - consider known cross-section, force, displacement to test modulus of elasticity, provide material data along with typical tolerances, obtain reliable material data, Brandon Donnelly, SolidNotes, June 13, 2013

Conduct Fatigue Analysis Using FEA - analyzing stress state with loading, environmental factors for potential crack initiation, discussing high-cycle vs low-cycle fatigue, unscrambling load history, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2013

Keeping Carbonation Bottled Up with FEA - exploring bottle shape, strength, reducing bottle weight using simulation, optimization software Abaqus, Isight, Chris Hardee, Design World, May 10, 2013

Two FEs, One Result: Low-Cost, Beam-Based FE Rises to Challenge - model of generator power-takeoff test stand analyzed in SolidWorks Simulation, GBW32 V5.0 software yielded same results, Greg Moneta & Erik Luczak, Machine Design, Apr 26, 2013

Dynamic Analysis - understanding natural frequencies, associated mode shapes, time-based, frequency-based solutions, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2013

The Art of Idealization in Finite Element Analysis - art of taking real structure, reducing it down to assembly of finite elements, can help understand existence of load path, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2013

FEA for Managers and Reviewers - understanding stages involved in analysis project, selecting modeling method, defining deliverables, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2013

Meshing 101 - The Basics of CAE Meshing - idealize CAD geometry, create simulation model, mesh, guidelines for making good mesh, Evan Yares, Design World, Feb 13, 2013

Where is My 21st Century FEA Preprocessor? - discussing meshing, workflow issues, menu evolution, related typical issues, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2013

Nonlinear FEA Explained - understanding load deflection cases with regard to progressive curve, problems without unstable regions, with snap-through instability, Dimitrios Karamanlidis, Machine Design, Jan 15, 2013

Meshing for FEA - consider 3D idealization, hex, tet elements, mesh control, check mesh quality, estimate stress levels in concerned areas, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2012

Moving Into the Nonlinear World With FEA - understanding strategy for nonlinear analysis, material, geometric nonlinearity, controlling jaggies, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2012

Direct Modelers as FEA Pre-Processors, Pt 2 - CAD-integrated simulation tools: Nastran for IronCAD, CATIA LiveShape, NX CAE, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2012

Direct Modelers as FEA Pre-Processors - KeyCreator 2012, ANSYS, NEi Nastran for IronCAD, Solid Edge and NX with ST, Autodesk Simulation CFD offer direct modeling capabilities, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2012

Scan and Solve Offers Meshing-Less FEA - aims at solving CAD/CAE interoperability issues, works with precise model geometry, performs all analysis related computations on native geometry, Raykurland's Blog, Mar 19, 2012

Expand Your FEA Skills - NAFEMS, MIT OpenCourseWare, NEi Software, ANSYS offer training through seminars, blogs, tutorials, live forums, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2012

Engineering Workshop #16 - FEA of side elevation of linkage with loads acting on it, Bob Johnson, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 3, 2012

Software Assists Quieting Noisy Turbine - FEA program helps in studying eigenfrequency to determine gearbox resonance, Brett Marmo & Barry Carruthers, Windpower Engineering & Development, Dec 27, 2011

Analyzing Structures in Accordance with Design Standards - structural design codes verifier to verify structures in accordance with required building, safety standards, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Nov 10, 2011

Engineering Workshop #15 - FEA of a simple linkage under balanced loading and minimal constraint, Bob Johnson, Develop 3D, Oct 19, 2011

What's That Noise? - FEA program helps in finding source of noise, vibration due to 'squeak and rattle' in automobiles, Lynn Manning, Mechanical Engineering, Oct 2011

A Focus on Energy - Bentley acquired SACS for FEA of oil and gas, interview with product manager Parvinder Jhita, Jim Romeo, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2011

Engineering Workshop #14 - applying realistic constraints to 3D model, Bob Johnson, Develop 3D, Sep 20, 2011

Surface Contact 101: Block and Ramp with Friction - solving simple problem of nonlinear static analysis with pen, paper, then cross checking results using FEA software, David Dearth, Machine Design, July 7, 2011

Mark Sherman, Femap Development - Siemens executive on Femap's origins, its future, YouTube, July 7, 2011

Meaning of Remote Force in Stress Analysis - default position of remote force is 0,0,0; direction is perpendicular to selected face in Inventor, Being Inventive, June 20, 2011

How FEA Software Can Help to Design for Safety - Femap with NX Nastran to simulate crane under various loading conditions, predicting failure mechanism, Siemens PLM Software Blog, June 6, 2011

Cloud-Based Analysis: Silver Lining or White Fluff? - approaches of major vendors to cloud computing, real benefit of simulation on cloud, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2011

Engineering Workshop # 13 - analysis of U-shaped load cell, applying constraints, Bob Johnson, Develop 3D, May 23, 2011

Options for Composites Analysis and Simulation - selecting composites-handling software depending on producibility of part, complexity, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2011

Engineering Workshop, Pt 12 - plastic switch housing analysis concludes with 2D analysis, hand calculations, Bob Johnson, Develop 3D, Apr 19, 2011

Tips & Guidance on How to Overcome Stress Singularities in Models - loads at points, small edges, over-simplification of components create issues, Wasim Younis, Virtual Reality, Mar 22, 2011

Engineering Workshop, Pt 11 - deriving global stiffness matrix, Bob Johnson, Develop 3D, Mar 21, 2011

Pay-Per-Core FEA Licensing: Fair or Unfair? Altair Engineering Weighs In - on-demand licensing model, use license from central pool, deposit back after use, Jeff Brennan of Altair Engineering, Desktop Engineering, Mar 9, 2011

Buckling Analysis with FEA - limitations of linear-buckling analysis, nonlinear-buckling analysis helpful in design decision, Paul Kurowski & Tom Kurowski of Design Generator Inc., Machine Design, Feb 15, 2011

Don't Forget to Include Weight for a Correct Structural Stress Analysis - engineers created FE truss model using 3D Beam/Truss (GBW32 V5.0) software to calculate maximum vertical deflection of frame, Leslie Gordon, Machine Design, Mar 2, 2011

See Analysis Data's True Colors - software analysis engine begins working once finite element model launched, de-bugging jagged stress contours, interpret stress results, George Laird, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2011

Engineering Workshop, Pt. 10 - basic principles underlying FEA method, example of circular plastic switch housing , estimating stiffness, Bob Johnson, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 1, 2011

Breaking Architectural Barriers with Structural Glass - glass goes beyond mere aesthetics, defining loads, modeling stresses, Abaqus FEA simulates critical fittings, Stutzki Engineering, Product Design & Development, Feb 16, 2011

How to Enhance Aircraft Performance with Improved Propeller Design - using Femap with NX Nastran for raising limits of blade materials, new 4-bladed composite propeller developed by MT-Propeller, Robert Shinno, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Feb 22, 2011

Engineering Workshop # 9 - FEA of paint ball pressure vessel to investigate influence of threads, progress towards 3D, Bob Johnson, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 7, 2011

Simulate Bolt Connection - using connectors simplifies modeling, common parameters namely yield strength, ultimate strength, proof strength, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech notes, Feb 3, 2011

2010

Seismic Load Combinations According to Italian Code DM 14/01/2008 - using Robot Structural Analysis, Massimo Speziani, Structural Analysis and Optimization, Dec 13, 2010

Engineering Workshop # 8 - finite element analysis of paint ball, a spherical vessel used in games, Bob Johnson, Develop3D, Dec 6, 2010

Evolution of Analysis - FEA then and now, technology, fluid flow, CFD then and now, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2010

Mixing Synchronous and Ordered - A Sheet Metal and Simulation Example - geometric modeling, FEA analysis, 2D mesh, Mark Burhop, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Nov 3, 2010

Multi-objective Optimization - Design of Control Arm Using HyperWorks - demonstration of design process of control arm with multiple objectives using Altair HyperWorks, Franck Delcroix, HyperWorks Insider, Oct 7, 2010

Go Green with CFD and FEA - optimizing equipment moving fluids are reducing costs/product weight, improving reliability, FEA is structural equivalent of CFD, Greg Case, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2010

Go Green with CFD and FEA - optimizing equipment moving fluids are reducing costs/product weight, improving reliability, FEA is structural equivalent of CFD, Greg Case, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2010

2D Simplification  -  finite element analysis with SolidWorks, creating forces normal to 2D plane, selecting new study, adding material, SolidProfessor, Sep 2010

Scan and Solve for Rhino, In Situ FEM Analysis; FEA - strength analysis tool, performing FEA, comparing design variations faster, Gerard Petersen, Rhinoceros Report, Aug 30, 2010

Practicing FEA Without a License - a demo meant to show how easy FEA leave author fearful of public safety, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, Aug 24, 2010

25 Things Managers Should Know about FEA - design process, software programs, people making decisions, Derek Pashley, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2010

Practicing FEA Without a License - a demo meant to show how easy FEA leave author fearful of public safety, Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, Aug 24, 2010 

Get File with Very Long Path and Name, Can Error - caused by Inventors FEA module/Framegenerator, different circumstances, Richard Rankin, Cracking the Vault, July 30, 2010

Autodesk Manufacturing Tech Day - Visual Simulation - rendering technology, simulation using MoldFlow Advisor, visualize sink marks, abrupt surface changes, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Apr 10, 2010

Autodesk Manufacturing Tech Day - Closing Q&A - cloud makes resellers nervous, no mention of sustainability, FEA in hands of designer, more, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Apr 8, 2010

Live from Autodesk's Manufacturing Tech Day - press gathers to see Autodesk's 2011 mechanical design, analysis products, Ralph Grabowski ,WorldCAD Access, Apr 8, 2010

Autodesk Manufacturing Tech Day - Reception - Autodesk's office in Lake Oswego, top Autodesk executives played hosts, introduction to members of press, Deelip.com, Apr 8, 2010

Tailspin Analysis with Patran 2010  - MSC Software's latest release can simulate effects of load applied to plane's fuselage, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, Mar 18, 2010

We Have Made Contact  - using glue, linear contacts in NX Nastran while applying force on 2 iron parts, both constrained at their back sides, Mark Burhop, Siemens PLM Software Blog, Feb 10, 2010

2009

Freehand Sketching for FEA - FEAsy accepts freehand sketches as static analysis input, Sundar Murugappan & Karthik Ramani, CADdigest.com, Nov 9, 2009

After Bidding War, MSC.Software Deal Set to Close Tuesday - Symphony Technology Group buys MSC.Software for $372 million, Sarah Tolkoff, Orange County Business Journal, Oct 12, 2009

Catching Up With MSC and Hi-Shear - look into acquisition of MSC Software by private equity firm Symphony Technology Group, more, Steven Davidoff, The Deal Professor, Sep 21, 2009

Where is My Part? I Need Motion Loads - workaround is to dissolve sub assembly in simulation, Ashish Jaiswal, SOLIDNotes, Aug 16, 2009

Adaptive Meshing Increases Confidence - adaptive mesh in electromagnetic simulations helps with finite element and boundary element methods, Tom Judge, Desktop Engineering, Jul 27, 2009

PZFlex is Sophisticated Modeling for Complexity - Paul Reynolds of Weidlinger Associates talks about virtual prototyping software, benefits brought to design cycle, challenges, Jim Romeo, Desktop Engineering, Jul 27, 2009

Simulation is for Everyone - simulation tools helpful in designing greener products, low-cost manufacturing, Ravi Akella of Autodesk, Time Compression, Jul 1, 2009

Meshhh...Control..That Was Easy - applying refined mesh control on two faces of parts, Ashish Jaiswal, SOLID Notes, Jun 25, 2009

Finding the Best Design Fast - optimizing designs using FEA software to improve manufacturing processes, Alex Van der Velden & Jim Soltisz of Simulia, CADdigest.com, May 21, 2009

Amazing Analyses - today FEA runs on desktop computers, integrated with CAD software, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, May 2009

Web-Hosted Engineering Analysis - SaaS portal, DezineForce offers yearly subscription packages for FEA analysis, Kenneth Wong's Virtual Desktop, May 7, 2009

Hardware Advancements are Changing FEA Software - continuing development of HPC systems, GPUs will bring ROI on CAE software investment, Bob Williams of ALGOR, Desktop Engineering, May 3, 2009

CAD for FEA in the Good Old Days - integration between CAD, CAE developed for easy simulation of CAD models, Jeff Waters, lifeupfront.com, May 4, 2009

Tips for Using Simulation with SolidWorks Weldments and Gussets - understanding degrees of freedom for elements, 'bonding' between beam, plate/shell elements, Chris Schaefer, Solid Notes, Apr 24, 2009

Factor of Safety - Play it Safe - create only one FOS plot for entire assembly, check FOS for displayed parts only, Ashish Jaiswal, Solid Notes, Apr 8, 2009

How to be Successful with Upfront CFD & FEA - link to articles on implementing upfront CAE, Jeff Waters, lifeupfront.com, Apr 4, 2009

RecurDyn Motion Simulation Software Simulates Track Loader - uses recursive formulation, automates modeling process, helps improve product durability, more, Brant Ross of MotionPort, LLC, Desktop Engineering, Mar 4, 2009

Demo of NEi Nastran Finite Element Analysis Software - video shows using NeiWorks inside SolidWorks, Design World, Feb 18, 2009

Shoulder-Fillet Stresses Finesse - FEA of shoulder fillets reveals stress concentrations are not only up to 24% higher than anticipated by industry standard guide, but they are located not where one would expect, Leslie Gordon, CADdigest.com, Jan 8, 2009

How to Model Granular Flow - using powerful hardware with EDEM software for discrete element modeling, simulation, CADdigest.com, Nov 24, 2008

Multiphysics Software Speeds Analysis of Next-Generation Filtration Systems - coupling technologies to achieve goals, additional scenarios, 3D Tips, Jan 9, 2009

FE Update: Simulating Plastics in Drop and Crash Tests - material properties critical, using LS-DYNA, Hubert Lobo, CADdigest.com, Dec 11, 2008

Spend Your Time Engineering, Not on Differential Equations - simulation software based on symbolic computations bears the brunt of the math, Laurent Bernardin of Maplesoft, CADdigest.com, Dec 9, 2008

2008

FE Update: Translation Tools Make CAD Models FEA-Ready - translation software deconstructs CAD files mathematically and reconfigures data to meet computational expectations of FEA program, CADdigest.com, Sep 8, 2008

Expecting Too Much From FEA - discretization error, verification, validation, Paul Dvorak, Machine Design, July 8, 2008

Linear Dynamics for Everyone: Part 3 - extracting real quantitative data to anticipate all manner of mechanical events, , Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2008

Offshore Analysis - FEA software helps design offshore equipments that can harness ocean energy, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, May 2008

Linear Dynamics for Everyone: Part 2 - making dynamically stable structures, George Laird, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2008

Linear Dynamics for Everyone: Part 1 - fundamentals of dynamic analysis for engineers, George Laird, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2008

Manifesting Multiphysics - FEA modeling serves basis for multiphysics simulation, David Kan of COMSOL Inc., Machine Design, Mar 6, 2008

Improving Bridge Performance With Finite Element Analysis - FEA should help reduce overdesign, which makes bridges more expensive, Martha Walz, R&D Magazine, Jan 2008

FE Update: How to Clean Up Dirty CAD Models - 'shrink-wrapping' tools help analysis software generate high-quality triangulated surface for faster simulation, Stephen Ferguson of CD-adapco, Machine Design, Jan 10, 2008

In-School Analysis - reviewing issues related to introduction of FEA and CFD applications to school students, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, Jan 2008

2007

Simulating Stresses in Stents, Tension in Tissue - researchers improving ease of modeling biological parts for CAE, Paul Dvorak, Medical Design, Nov 9, 2007

Today's Criteria for Choosing Design and Analysis Software - consider customer service, training, responsiveness of vendor, value for money invested, Bob Williams of ALGOR, Inc., Desktop Engineering, Nov 2, 2007

Couplings for Multiphysics - Simulia multiphysics program facilitates coupling to solve fluid-structure interaction problems, Subham Sett of Simulia, Machine Design, Oct 11, 2007

Tying Two Forces - FEA and CFD applications combined in single interface help study of fluid-structure interaction, Jean Thilmany, Mechanical Engineering, May 2007

 
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