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Whitepaper – Structural Certification of Products with FEA


This whitepaper, authored by Niall Smyth, Technical Consultant, A2K Technologies, looks at how Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is used to certify structures to Australian Standards.

Working to engineering standards is a crucial part of the design process, and the computation technique of FEA allows the structural integrity of components to be verified.

Structural analysis products were previously divided by the industry they were aimed at. However, with Autodesk’s strategy of democratising technology, the lines between industries have become blurred. Designers can now access a range of analysis tools best-suited to their particular design problem.

We consider three available FEA analysis options: Autodesk Inventor Professional, Autodesk Mechanical Simulation, and Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis.

Using these products, we consider three stages in a possible workflow for checking the structural integrity of beams in accordance with AS 4100-1998, and the strength of connection plates to verify accuracy:

  • Modelling a steel structure in Inventor Professional, using Australian Standard Steel Sections to AS1163, and loading requirements defined in AS4100-1998.
  • Importing the design into Autodesk Robot Structure for detailed checking to AS 4100-1998.
  • Checking of connections using Autodesk Simulation Mechanical Simulation and verifying the accuracy of the finite element analysis.

By using FEA as outlined in this paper, products and structures can be developed faster with greater reliability, and costs minimised through the reduction in rework and testing.

Click here to download the white paper.

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A2K Technologies is an industry-leading solutions, training, consulting and management firm specialising in the design technology space. With a multi-million dollar turnover and over 150 staff across Australia, New Zealand and China; A2K Technologies is Australia’s largest Autodesk re-seller.

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