The finite-element method: software optimizes precast components

When wanting to optimize precast components in structural, formal and economic terms, engineers and designers will inevitably have to use tailored verification and FEM programs. This article provides insights into existing options, benefits and limitations of computer-based design.

In many engineering fields, the finite-element method (FEM) has long been the established standard, including the aerospace, shipbuilding, automotive, and mechanical and plant engineering industries. Optimized shapes and minimized material consumption and weight pay off, particularly when it comes to series production. For this reason, the FEM-based static and dynamic verification of various types of individual and composite structural frameworks, including bar-shaped, slab, shear and shell-like designs, is of particular interest to the precast industry. Today, this method is well-suited to...

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