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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.

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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Siemens FEMAP with NX NASTRAN Overview

Fig. 7: Interactive cleanup of geometry.

The first in this series of simulation and analysis software walkthroughs looks at the pairing of FEMAP and NX NASTRAN from Siemens.

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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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FEA Modeling for Change

Fig. 1: The geometry model of the chassis.

This article reviews some ways in which FEA modeling can anticipate design changes and keep ahead of the curve.

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Grassroots Simulation Data Management

From a sea of disconnected information, I had to derive a clear understanding of the analysis objectives and develop an analysis plan.

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