Finite Element Analysis, getting a closer look
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is an integral part of structural engineering, and as such, plays a key role in the ship design process. In this article, C-Job’s Lead Naval Architect Nikos Papapanagiotou (from the head office in the Netherlands) and FEA Lead Engineer Dmitry Volik (from C-Job’s Ukraine office) talk about the relevance of FEA in the field of naval architecture and C-Job’s own skills and experience in the subject.
“FEA is a computer simulation method of solving complex engineering problems,” opens Nikos. “It uses a numerical method that simplifies a problem by ‘chopping’ it into smaller pieces.” He uses a curve on an XY axis as an example: “If we chop this curve into a finite number of smaller elements, and connect each point with straight lines, this gives us a very close result to reality.”