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In this thread we provide you with the best resources you need to understand the functionalities of SimScale, set up your own simulations and learn about the theoretical fundamentals of the interesting field of the Finite Element Method (FEM). What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

FEA | Finite Element Analysis on our SimWiki

\underline{\textbf{Fundamentals of Finite Element Analysis}}

The Finite Element Method (FEM) is a computational technique developed by engineers used to obtain approximate solutions to engineering problems.

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\underline{\textbf{Static Analysis on SimScale}}

Static analysis is used to determine the displacements, stresses, strains, and forces in structures or components caused by loads that do not induce significant inertia and damping effects.

  • Steady loading and response conditions are assumed
  • Externally applied forces and pressure
  • Steady-state inertial forces (such as gravity or rotational velocity)
  • Imposed (non-zero) displacements

Linear Static Analysis

  1. Linear Assumption - Deflections should be small and rotations should be less that 10 degrees. Boundary conditions should be constant

  2. Elasticity Assumption - Assigned material should be linear elastic (ie. when a load is removed, the part returns to its initial shape)

  3. Static Assumption - Load can be applied in a single step (or pseudo time steps)

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Nonlinear Static Analysis

Types of nonlinearities (

  1. Material Nonlinearity (Plastic material database)

  2. Geometric Nonlinearity

  3. Boundary Condition Nonlinearity

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\underline{\textbf{Available Static Solvers on SimScale}}

Source: @cjquijano

\underline{\textbf{Dynamic Analysis with SimScale}}

Dynamics Analysis is used to determine the time-varying displacements, strains, stresses, and forces in a structure as it responds to any combination of static, transient, and harmonic loads.

Inertia or damping effects are included. If the inertia and damping effects are not important, use a static analysis instead.

Frequency Analysis

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Modal Analysis

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Harmonic Analysis

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Linear Dynamic Analysis

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Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis

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\underline{\textbf{Available Dynamic Solvers on SimScale}}

Source: @cjquijano

Source: @cjquijano

\underline{\textbf{Advanced Topics in FEA}}

Cyclic Symmetry

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Remote Displacement/Force

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Elastic Support

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Material Damping

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Hyperelastic Material Models

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Physical Contact (nonlinear)

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\underline{\textbf{Validation Cases using SimScale}}

In these validation cases, the simulation results on SimScale are compared to the numerical results presented in other studies to validate the accuracy of our solvers

Validation cases: Solid Mechanics Validation Cases

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