Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

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Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Our engineers use Finite Element Analysis in our product optimisation process. It can identify the cause of in-service failures of existing products and then be deployed to design and optimise viable solutions within the constraints of the existing geometry.

Finite Element Analysis (FEA), is a computer simulation technique that allows any design, product or equipment to be analysed in great detail. This allows stress, vibration, heat transfer analysis, and many other physical analyses to be carried out. These designs are constructed, refined, and optimised before the design is manufactured. FEA can be used as a ‘standalone option’ or as a suite of analysis options, including computational fluid dynamics (CFD) that we use in developing and evaluating a product during the design process. FEA is especially beneficial for more complex materials such as carbon fibre. In some sectors, FEA analysis can be a prerequisite to certification or validation.

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Again, whilst FEA can be used on all materials and equipment it is especially valuable whilst working with complex materials and geometries. Not only do we provide finite element analysis using the world’s most advanced FEA software, but all of our team are qualified engineers with high levels of experience working in multiple high-performance sectors.

Crucially, as a technology development and design engineering solutions company we work with our clients to optimise and deliver best-fit solutions. Our aim is to maximise the performance of everything we design to ensure it is efficient, cost-effective, and within the required performance criteria.

Linear Dynamics

Finding natural vibration frequencies, responses to harmonic loads and understanding behaviour during transportation (random or PSD vibration) or events such as earthquakes (seismic response) gives you the ability to accurately predict how designs will work in dynamic environments. Including pre-loading adds more fidelity and means that self-weighted, bolted assemblies — or even squealing brakes — can be simulated.

Nonlinearities

Moving beyond linear, elastic materials, you can simulate the behaviour of materials as they undergo plastic or even hyper-elastic deformation (materials like rubber and neoprene). Non-linear simulation also takes into account contact and large deflection of parts moving around relative to each other, either with or without friction.

Mechanisms

Simulations with many moving parts can be challenging to simulate and understand. Being able to quickly account for complex joints and part interactions using rigid body dynamics enables you to make design decisions with confidence.

Thermal Modelling

Simulating heat conduction, convection and radiation across assemblies enable you to predict the temperature of components, which can then be used to examine induced stresses and deformations. Mechanical Premium enables you to read in power losses or calculated temperatures from other analysis systems or files, which means that CFD or electromagnetic simulations can be a starting point for thermal analysis. It is also possible to account for fluid flow through pipes and heat generated from friction between parts. All of these capabilities give you more accurate simulations and better results.

If an engineer designs with a faulty design the result is often downtime for their R&D team.

The whole point of design and development is to get products to market quicker than the competition.

Our finite element analysis services are used by leading R&D teams worldwide within our Innovation-as-a-Service offering, saving millions of dollars in development downtime every year.

You've created a new product design but you can't be sure it's perfect. You could be sacrificing performance, design, or efficiency without knowing it.

That's why you need to run finite element analysis on the design using Innovolo's Innovation-as-a-Service.

Innovolo provides a virtual Lab that allows you to try out your product designs and see how they perform in dynamic loading scenarios.

Agile development has been shown to shortens development lifecycles by as much as 50%. Your next innovation can be just weeks away.

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