In this course you were introduced to the FEA process or method. We outlined the many continuum fields and subjects in which FEA can be applied and showed how modelling using FEA is now an important part of engineering.
This course demonstrated the importance of understanding the limitations and assumptions involved in order to use FEA safely with the aid of some tips and words of caution.
Formula 1 motor racing is at the leading edge of car design – be it aerodynamics, electronics, materials or engineering. The important role that FEA plays in Formula 1 car design is highlighted in a case study involving the tub (body) of a racing car.
Finally, to drive home the importance of practice of FEA, two simple exercises are explained in detail so that, provided you have access to FEA software, you can begin to understand the capabilities of the software.
Today, engineers use computers and software in the design and manufacture of most products, processes and systems. Finite element analysis (FEA) is one of the most important tools in an engineer or designer’s arsenal of digital tools for design and analysis of products and processes. This course has given you a brief introduction to the finite element method and the need for comprehensive evaluation and checking when interpreting results.