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- 1. GANDHINAGAR INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Topic:- Finite Element Analysis Guided by:- Prof. Hardik Patel Prepared by:- Sonal S Upadhyay 110120119102
- 2. History of Finite Element Analysis Finite Element Analysis (FEA) was first developed in 1943 by R. Courant, who utilized the Ritz method of numerical analysis and minimization of variational calculus. A paper published in 1956 by M. J. Turner, R. W. Clough, H. C. Martin, and L. J. Topp established a broader definition of numerical analysis. The paper centered on the "stiffness and deflection of complex structures". By the early 70's, FEA was limited to expensive mainframe computers generally owned by the aeronautics, automotive, defense, and nuclear industries. Since the rapid decline in the cost of computers and the phenomenal increase in computing power, FEA has been developed to an incredible precision.
- 3. Basics of Finite Element Analysis FEA Applications Evaluate the stress or temperature distribution in a mechanical component. Perform deflection analysis. Analyze the kinematics or dynamic response. Perform vibration analysis
- 4. Basic Steps First step: governing differential equation of the problem is converted into an integral form. These are two techniques to achieve this : (i) Variational Technique and (ii) Weighted Residual Technique. Second step: the domain of the problem is divided into a number of parts, called as elements. Division of the domain into elements is called a mesh. Third step: over a typical element, a suitable approximation is chosen for the primary variable of the problem using interpolation functions (also called as shape functions) and the unknown values of the primary variable at some pre-selected points of the element, called as the nodes. Additional nodes are placed either on the boundaries or in the interior. The values of the primary variable at the nodes are called as the degrees of freedom.
- 5. Basic Steps Fourth step: The approximation for the primary variable is substituted into the integral form. If the integral form is of variational type, it is minimized to get the algebraic equations for the unknown nodal values of the primary variable. If the integral form is of the weighted residual type, it is set to zero to obtain the algebraic equations. In each case, the algebraic equations are obtained element wise first (called as the element equations) and then they are assembled over all the elements to obtain the algebraic equations for the whole domain (called as the global equations). Last step: The post-processing of the solution is done. That is, first the secondary variables of the problem are calculated from the solution. Then, the nodal values of the primary and secondary variables are used to construct their graphical variation over the domain either in the form of graphs (for 1-D problems) or 2- D/3-D contours as the case may be.
- 6. Types of Finite Elements
- 7. FEA Pre-Processing Mesh is your way of communicating geometry to the solver, the accuracy of the solution is primarily dependent on the quality of the mesh. The better the mesh looks, the more accurate the solution is. A good-looking mesh should have well- shaped elements, and the transition between densities should be smooth and gradual without skinny, distorted elements. Mesh
- 8. FEA Pre-Processing Finite elements supported by most finite-element codes:
- 9. FEA Pre-Processing-Elements Beam Elements Beam elements typically fall into two categories; able to transmit moments or not able to transmit moments. Rod (bar or truss) elements cannot carry moments. The most general line element is a beam. (a) and (b) are higher order line elements.
- 10. FEA Pre-Processing-Elements Plate and Shell Modeling Plate and shell are used interchangeably and refer to surface-like elements used to represent thin-walled structures. A quadrilateral mesh is usually more accurate than a mesh of similar density based on triangles. Triangles are acceptable in regions of gradual transitions.
- 11. FEA Pre-Processing-Elements Solid Element Modeling Tetrahedral (tet) mesh is the only generally accepted means to fill a volume, used as auto-mesh by many FEA codes. 10-node Quadratic
- 12. Boundary Conditions Loads Loads are used to represent inputs to the system. They can be in the forms of forces, moments, pressures, temperature, or accelerations. Constraints Constraints are used as reactions to the applied loads. Constraints can resist translational or rotational deformation induced by applied loads. Linear Static Analysis Boundary conditions are assumed constant from application to final deformation of system and all loads are applied gradually to their full magnitude. Dynamic Analysis The boundary conditions vary with time.
- 13. Boundary Conditions Non-linear Analysis The orientation and distribution of the boundary conditions vary as displacement of the structure is calculated. Degrees of Freedom Spatial DOFs refer to the three translational and three rotational modes of displacement that are possible for any part in 3D space. A constraint scheme must remove all six DOFs for the analysis to run. Elemental DOFs refer to the ability of each element to transmit or react to a load. The boundary condition cannot load or constrain a DOF that is not supported by the element to which it is applied. A solid face should always have at least three points in contact with the rest of the structure. A solid element should never be constrained by less than three points and only translational DOFs must be fixed. Accuracy The choice of boundary conditions has a direct impact on the overall accuracy of the model. Over-constrained model – an overly stiff model due to poorly applied constraints.
- 14. Boundary Conditions Constraints and their geometric equivalent in classic beam calculation. Pin support Fixed support Roller support
- 15. Summary of Pre-Processing Build the geometry Make the finite-element mesh Add boundary conditions; loads and constraints Provide properties of material Specify analysis type (static or dynamic, linear or non- linear, plane stress, etc.) These activities are called finite element modeling.
- 16. Solving the Model - Solver Once the mesh is complete, and the properties and boundary conditions have been applied, it is time to solve the model. In most cases, this will be the point where you can take a deep breath, push a button and relax while the computer does the work for a change. Multiple Load and Constraint Cases In most cases submitting a run with multiple load cases will be faster than running sequential, complete solutions for each load case. Final Model Check
- 17. Post-Processing
- 18. FEA - Flow Chart
- 19. GANDHINAGAR INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Advantages of the finite element method over other numerical methods The method can be used for any irregular-shaped domain and all types of boundary conditions. Domains consisting of more than one material can be easily analyzed. Accuracy of the solution can be improved either by proper refinement of the mesh or by choosing approximation of higher degree polynomials. The algebraic equations can be easily generated and solved on a computer. In fact, a general purpose code can be developed for the analysis of a large class of problems.

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