## What is finite element analysis?

Finite element analysis (FEA) is used to predict how a model will react to forces in the real world. This analysis is a part of the product design cycle and examines the effects of forces such as heat, vibration and much more. FEA is carried out to optimize designs and understand their points of failure.

## FEA and FEM

Finite element analysis (FEA) uses the practical application of a mathematical method called finite element method (FEM). It is used to model complex geometrical and irregular shapes. FEM is a way of subdividing complex geometry with unknown structural behavior into a finite number of simple geometric elements with known structural behavior, known as a FEM mesh. At the element boundaries, the displacements are equated with the neighboring elements and a matrix equation is developed. The equation is numerically solved, and you can see the results graphically using a post-processor. The results displayed show you the computed stresses, strains, and displacement that occur in your model when forces are applied.

## Applications and Use Cases

### Structural Analysis

Structural analysis is the determination of the effects of static and dynamic loads on parts, assemblies, and mechanisms in order to avoid failure in the intended use.

Structural Analysis

### Modal Analysis

Modal analysis is the determination of the effects of vibrations. This type of analysis uses the mass and rigidity of a structure to find at which points the component naturally resonates.

Modal Analysis

### Thermal Analysis

Thermal analysis is a group of techniques that looks at how the physical properties of materials change with changes in temperature.

Thermal Analysis

### Computational Fluid Dynamics

Computational fluid dynamics is a field of fluid mechanics that uses numerical analysis to study and visualize the flow of fluids in real-life.

Computational Fluid Dynamics

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