ME5634 Article-ABCs of FEA.pdf

ME5634 Article-ABCs of FEA.pdf - The/ABC’s by Gary Beat...

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Unformatted text preview: The/ABC’s by Gary Beat! First-time users of finite element software often have the unrealistic etpectation that they will instantly achieve the benefits they see in case studies of other users. This situation may result in disappointment if reliable results are not immediately forthcoming. ' The situation can be minimized by under- standing the nature of finite element analysis. The total concept may be viewed as a system of filters as shown in the illustration. A real world problem: is to be analyzed. While both essential and non— essential information are available at this Stage to guide the design, the volume of information may be so great that it is often impossible to understand the problem in a form required to provide immediate design guidance This wealth of information is therefore filtered by engineering theory, which allows us to produce a subset of information accepted by the engineering community as a valid mathematical representation of the real world problem This subset is further filtered by. finite element theory in which additional approximations are introduced through a numerical solution of the more exact mathematics of engineering theory The user then describes the input for the finite element code, introducing me most constraining mm, plug .. I... A 1 Laura, MIC “56"!" 3mm’“? \uxnwelifig). Tbs“: qualify, Of the information after this filter depends on the use of good modeling techniques and how the user describes the most important characteristics of the real world problem. This information is processed by the final filter, the finite element code, which implements the finite element theory. In the end, a rniniscule subset of the original information -—- resultr~ is all that remains to represent the real world problem This is the information used to make judgements regarding the design and integrity of the real world problem If the mos: important chatacreristics are included, the modeling technique is good and a reliable finite element code is used, then the results may be useful. The obVerse is also true: if 12 lessthan’important characteristics are used, or the finite element code is not reliable, the result is useless information, and wasted time and money. Naturally, the user expects useful results. The critical factors to achieve this goal are known: the most important characreristics; the right modeling technique; and reliable FEA code. Of these, the software supplier has control over only the reliability of the FEA code. The other facrors are the responsibility of the user. Real World Problem Program straw Training and experience are neccssary to model a real world problem properly in a finite element code. The software publisher is expected to oEer sufficient training on the use of the product The training cost is separate from the lease of the software and should be planned and budgeted according to the specific needs of the user. Experience an only be achieved by using the code and correlating the results with "known results" such as those obtained from testing. When understood and used properly, finite element analysis can indeed deliver on its promise to help you create a better product in a shorter time span at less cost. ...
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