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Finite element analysis

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Finite element analysis software

Finite element analysis (FEA) is a computerised method for predicting how a product reacts to real-world forces, vibration, heat, fluid flow and other physical effects. Finite element analysis shows whether a product will break, wear out or work the way it was designed. It is called analysis, but in the product development process, it is used to predict what's going to happen when the product is used.

EA works by breaking down a real object into a large number (thousands to hundreds of thousands) of finite elements, such as little cubes. Mathematical equations help predict the behaviour of each element. A computer then adds up all the individual behaviours to predict the behaviour of the actual object.

Finite element analysis helps predict the behaviour of products affected by many physical effects, including:

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Finite element analysis & simulation software for product design

The Autodesk Simulation family of products delivers a comprehensive set of finite element analysis and simulation software tools that are easy to integrate into each phase of the product development process. From mechanical stress, vibration and motion to computational fluid dynamics, plastic injection moulding and multiphysics, finite element analysis and simulation software (US site) from Autodesk provides a fast, accurate and innovative approach to solving your most challenging design problems.

Simulation Mechanical software for FEA

Simulation Mechanical
Study finite element analysis (FEA) and mechanical event simulation.

Computational fluid dynamics software for FEA

CFD, CFD Viewer
Use computational fluid dynamics models to compare design alternatives.

Plastic injection molding simulation software for FEA

Moldflow
Optimise and validate your injection moulding process.

Inventor mechanical design and 3D CAD software for FEA

Inventor Professional
Develop, manage and deliver great products with digital prototyping abilities.
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Product Design & Manufacturing Collection
Get an essential set of product design, simulation and engineering tools at a great price.
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Robot Structural Analysis Professional software for FEA

Robot Structural Analysis Professional
Calculate and analyse large, complex structural models.

Finite element analysis & simulation software for students

Students can push the boundaries of finite element analysis and simulation with Autodesk software. Download the same, full version software that more than 9 million designers, engineers and digital artists are using, including Autodesk Inventor Professional, Autodesk CFD, Autodesk Moldflow Advisor Ultimate and Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional software.