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Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Consulting

When hand calculations are not possible or practical for stress analysis, FEA is a useful tool when properly applied. Some example uses are:

  • Structural Evaluation: Analysis and Design of structures that support vessels, piping, controls, etc. and are generally subjected to self weight and external loads.
  • Thermal Evaluation: Analysis performed to determine the temperature distribution of a mechanical component, or within a fluid.
  • Stress Evaluation: Analysis performed to determine a component's ability to withstand internal pressure or external loads.
  • Fatigue Evaluation: Method of predicting a component's useful life when subjected to internal (example: thermal gradients) or external forces (example: internal pressure) 

Ensuring FEA Works for You 

  • Determine analysis objective up front
  • Thoroughly define and bound scope of analysis project
  • Consider general approaches and identify regions of lower importance
  • Evaluate effects of using various alternative approaches
  • Ensure elected modeling technique is flexible for "what if" scenarios
  • Understand effect of realistic boundary conditions on objective
  • Interpret and correlate FEA results to reference material
  • Quantify response (stress, deflection, etc.) sensitivity to design features

Eclipse FEA Services and Options

In addition to our standard service, Eclipse uniquely offers EKLIPS, an automated FEA service that allows clients to submit data online and quickly obtain the results, all from any web browser once we've done the initial setup. EKLIPS can save you time and money for projects where a single model is used for multiple analyses.


FEA Analysis Tools Used

  • RISA
  • EKLIPSTM FEA service

FEA Uses

  • Reduce product cost
  • Validate ("Go / No-Go" or optimize) a design
  • Develop loading criteria for dependant systems (such as equipment imparting load onto a structure)
  • Predict and/or bound a product's capabilities in order to direct its applicability to the market
  • Reduce failures to retain market share and prevent warranty issues
  • Provide an alternative to numerous prototype / testing cycles