One of the questions beginners in mechanical engineering often ask themselves is how to learn Finite Element Analysis. This process is not easy, especially if you want to learn it by yourself and not through a university course — but with motivation, anything can be achieved.
Let’s get started by explaining what FEA actually is. Finite Element Analysis is the process of investigating any given problem of interest using the Finite Element Method (FEM). For a more detailed answer to the question “What is Finite Element Analysis?” discover this recent blog article on the topic.
The aim of this article, however, is to be a compilation of valuable resources such as books, papers, validation examples and more — everything to help you learn or improve your knowledge about FEA. It is important to note that FEM is used more commonly in solid mechanics problems, in comparison to fluid mechanics problems. There are several fundamental guides available online but most of them are based on the one-size-fits-all theory and lack specifics. It is however important to understand the unique individual perspective of the learner: be it a designer, hobbyist, engineer, mathematician or programmer.
To start with, SimScale provides an easy-to-use cloud-based platform that provides an interactive interface suitable for FEM simulations. A starting guide for SimScale can be found in the blog article “Learn SimScale in 30 days” and YouTube video “Getting started with SimScale“.
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