Effective engineering analysis reduces design time and iterations thus making the product design process more efficient. In the long term, it saves money on potentially costly errors that can be predicted ahead of time.
Finite Element Analysis (FEA):
FEA utilizes a computer algorithm to analyze a 3D CAD model using both partial differential and integral equations to estimate vibrational forces, stress, strain, heat transfer, or magnetism effects on design. A properly completed FEA analysis can give a designer direction on adjustments to be made to the CAD design before any physical prototypes are created and tested.
Applied Mathematical Modeling:
Mathematical models of loading and motion scenarios are effective in determining component behavior and life when set up properly. Acuity Design has the tools and expertise to create predictive mathematical models.
Multibody Dynamics (MBD):
Multibody dynamics software is used to analyze an assembly of inter-connected separate components. This is a powerful tool for studying how components will interact with each other under a certain working or loading conditions. Components are analyzed throughout their working range of motion for stress, strain or inertia. One of the most common applications is a vehicle driving over a virtual road.
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD):
Many products are subject to fluid flows that need to be taken into consideration when optimizing a design. Air and liquids flowing over a part of a mechanical system can have adverse effects on a design if not considered. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis software can be used to optimize a design to minimize the drag or fluid resistance using a CAD model and simulated fluid flow.
Injection Mold Flow Analysis:
Injection mold tooling is complex and very expensive. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that a design will not have issues with short-shots, knit-lines, or warpage before a mold is created? With injection mold flow analysis software, many of these common and costly tooling issues can be avoided. This analysis can be performed using the CAD model of a part or an existing tooling CAD model.
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