The finite element method (FEM) is a numerical method for solving problems of engineering and mathematical physics, in the areas of structural analysis, heat transfer, fluid flow, mass transport, and electromagnetic potential. FEM is best understood from its practical application, known as finite element analysis (FEA). FEA as applied in engineering is a computational tool for performing engineering analysis.
Nowadays, FEM is commonly integrated in the design and development of products in a wide variety of specializations which fall under the umbrella of mechanical engineering. Several modern FEM packages include specific components such as thermal, electromagnetic, fluid, and structural working environments. In a structural simulation, FEM helps tremendously in producing stiffness and strength visualizations and also in minimizing weight, materials, and costs. Furthermore, FEM allows detailed visualization of where structures bend or twist, and indicates the distribution of stresses and displacements.
Within the boundaries of CAE activities, KITE Group is supporting its customers in the FEM area mastering the following analysis: