Fatigue? You mean my assembly is tired? (A Glossary of Terms used in FEA)

Article by Alin Vargatu, CSWE updated February 25, 2011

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New to stress analysis? Ever wondering what they mean by yield or creep or fatigue when performing Simulation studies?

Joe Galiera, SolidWorks Simulation Technical Manager, started a series of blog posts with the intention of discussing the meaning of 150 “good to know” analysis terms. Joe writes:

I thought it might be a good idea to provide some basic definitions of terms that are used in analysis that are good to know, to be able to communicate intelligently about Simulation.  These are not meant to be definitive technical definitions but more fundamental knowledge of these terms

You can find this glossary of analysis terms in the SolidWorks Simulation Blog. As of today there are 3 posts, covering the first 29 terms:

Terms used in analysis – Set 1 – #1-11

Terms used in analysis – Set 2 – #12-18

Terms used in analysis – Set 3 – #19-29

 

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Alin Vargatu, CSWE

Alin is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community. Alin has presented multiple times at SOLIDWORKS World, Technical Summits, and User Group Meetings, while being very active on the SOLIDWORKS Forum.