FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS
Finite element analysis (FEA) is a practical application of a numerical method for predicting how a product reacts to loads, heat, fluid flow and other physical effects. Our engineers use simulation software such as Solidworks and its extensions to perform various types of analysis: such as structural, buckling, impact, linear and non-linear problems. Our expertise in the area of Material Science and our ability in computational mechanics enable our engineers to prove or disprove failure mode theories generated in-house and by other parties.
Vollmer-Gray uses the latest methods to provide accurate three-dimensional models for our FEA analysis. Computer model creation is accomplished using 3 types of non-destructive measurements. The first type is done with state of the art 3D laser scanning. Geometrical properties are measured to produce a point cloud that will be analyzed on a computer. The second method is done with photogrammetry. Photogrammetry involves taking a network of overlapping photos of the subject to be digitized. Reference points within those photos are then processed and analyzed in a computer program that calculates the X, Y and Z data. The third method involves manual measurements with tools such as tape measures, calipers, micrometers, and gauges.