Finite Element Analysis

3D Computer aided design analysis of structures and signs

Finite element analysis (FEA) is a method of computer aided engineering. FEA allows for the accurate calculation and thorough analysis of complex and unique structures. In essence it allows the structural engineer to apply different loads and stresses to a 3 dimensional computer designed model of the object, and test the effect design changes of the structure and bracing may have when placed under these loads. The stresses include tensile and compressive stresses that act perpendicular to the opposite faces, tensile, compressive and shear stresses.

For many years engineers have relied on linear and nonlinear static FEA software to calculate stresses at a single instance in time. This method provide acceptable results if the problem is purely static and the design in question doesn’t experience impact, motion or changes in the applied load over time. Today, Core Project Engineers have more types of analysis software available to choose from than ever before, allowing us to simulate changes in loads on different grab points to simulate real life.

Finite element analysis theoretically can be used on any object that can be designed on a CAD program. As consulting engineers typically engaged with commercial and residential buildings we successfully use FEA in the design of building signage and bracing detail for it, roof structures, walls and glass balustrades. It allows us to assess an existing structure or design cost effective solutions to secure future structures faster and more accurately.

Our work with national signage companies have allowed us to work on some of the landmark sign around Sydney and Australia. Projects include the inspection and make safe works on the Coca Cola sign at Kings Cross in Sydney’s CBD and the Westfield sign on the high rise Sydney Tower Eye.

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