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Tony Abbey is a consultant analyst with his own company, FETraining. He also works as training manager for NAFEMS, responsible for developing and implementing training classes, including e-learning classes. Send e-mail about this article to DE-Editors@digitaleng.news.

Autodesk Nastran In-CAD

Fig. 11: The first two modes: Mode 1 (left) 1044 Hz, Mode 2 (right) 1221 Hz.

Walk through the setup and analysis of a simple bracket to get an overview of Autodesk Nastran, a CAD-embedded finite element analysis software.

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Optimization Overview: solidThinking Inspire

Fig. 9: von Mises stress plot for both load cases.

solidThinking Inspire 2018 is a structural optimization program designed to provide a complete workflow from geometry creation and or manipulation, through FE analysis to topology optimization and geometry shape fitting of the resultant configuration.

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Engineering Hacks and Spreadsheets

Fig. 1: Excel spreadsheet example.

Almost all of the FEA work I do today is supported in some way by calculations or data manipulation within Excel spreadsheets.

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FEA Demos and Benchmarks

If a classical solution can be emulated using FEA, then it’s a good check of the software and our analysis skills.

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CAD and FEA User Interface Evolution

We are likely reaching a crossroads now. The CAD-embedded FEA products must extend their depth if they wish to be taken seriously by the analyst community.

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Regarding FEA, Who Are You Calling Dumb?

Tony Abbey is a self-proclaimed fan of analogies. When considering finite element analysis (FEA) elements, he asks readers to consider them as players on your football team who have a certain level of intelligence.

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