Generative Design is the new buzzword – but what is it? Video : 60 minutes presentation and curated Q and A Generative Design seems to have taken over from ‘Light-weighting’ or ‘Topology Optimization’ What do all these terms mean? Are they different technologies? This webinar takes a step back to look at what […]

## Session 8: Why are Normal Modes an essential foundation in Dynamic Response?

A lot of Dynamic Response Analyses are carried out with no attempt to investigate Normal Modes Video : 60 minutes presentation and curated Q and A Dynamic Analyses may dive straight into: Transient Dynamic Analysis Frequency Response Analysis Shock Response Analysis Random response Analysis In my view – a Normal Modes survey is […]

## Session 10: ‘Spider’ Elements in FEA, what are they?

Spider elements play a big role in traditional FE Analysis Video : 60 minutes presentation and curated Q and A Every FE Analyst develops a toolbox of favorite techniques The Rigid and Flexible ‘spider’ elements are an essential part of mine Spider element is an ‘unofficial’ term I use because … The elements allow a ‘spider’ […]

## Session 12: Can Designers really take advantage of FEA?

Video : 60 minutes presentation and curated Q and A Given a design, the big question is, who will carry out the FE analysis If it is the designer: Is it more efficient to do this within a CAD embedded environment, or divert the task to an analysis focused environment? The answer will depend very […]

## Session 13: FEA models under or over constrained!

Video : 60 minutes presentation and curated Q and A Over-constrained, under-constrained or somewhere in the middle with FEA! Boundary conditions are probably the most difficult aspect of static FEA Underconstrained models: It is easy to forget to apply adequate constraints – Rigid Body Modes result! Over constraining is more subtle: The physics of the […]

## Plane Stress and Plane Strain – simplifying models

Background A previous article explained that even with powerful modern computers, there is often a motivation to use simplifying techniques in Structural FE Analysis. This follow-on article describes how two closely related methods can be used to take 2D slices through a complex structure at regions of interest. The resulting FEA models can give valuable […]