Industrial Finite Element Analysis underwent a significant evolution in the past four decades. We have witnessed tremendous progress in the underlying theory and its practical implementation in commercial software tools, such as NX. The application focus has also significantly widened and the supporting computer technology has evolved during these decades.
In the mid-1970’s a typical model of an automobile chassis had:
5752 node points
2108 finite elements
28924 degrees of freedom
Today, a typical model of an automobile chassis has:
12 million node points
7.2 million elements
35 million degrees of freedom
You can see the scale and complexity of FEA has increased dramatically. So I sat down with Dr. Louis Komzsik our Chief Numerical Analyst at Siemens PLM Software, to ask him where we are, and where we are headed in Industrial Finite Element Analysis.