Linear Vs Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis Explained

Article by Rod Mackay updated August 6, 2019


For some designers, finite element analysis (FEA) can feel like a complicated venture. The truth is, if you know SOLIDWORKS, you already have the background to take advantage of simulation capabilities, and using Linear vs Nonlinear analyses.

Both Linear Static and Nonlinear analyses provide limitless design insight; giving you the information you need to make data-driven decisions based on how your designs will react under real-world conditions. The trick is knowing when Linear Static will provide enough detail versus when to dive deeper into your design with Nonlinear analysis.

Watch the demo video below to see Simulation expert Mike Sande cook up a food-inspired description of Linear vs Nonlinear analysis:

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Fill out the form below to access a white paper where you will learn about the differences between linear and nonlinear analysis and realize there are optimum times to use one type of analysis versus the other. You will discover that neglecting nonlinear effects can lead to serious design errors. After reviewing the examples taken from everyday design practice, you will see how nonlinear analysis can help you avoid overdesign and build better products.

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Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.