Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Need to improve your time to market?
Developing a product doesn't need to involve costly, time-consuming physical prototyping. FEA provides rigorous virtual simulation testing.

Matrix offers the leading finite element analysis (FEA) solutions
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a simulation technique for evaluating structural performance. FEA has become the default tool for virtual testing and prototyping in almost every engineering discipline.

FEA is the fastest and most cost-effective way to reduce your time-to-market while improving quality and reliability. Multiple prototypes, product recalls, too much material – these are all problems that are addressed by a virtual finite element model.

Business Benefits
  • Removes wasteful build and test iterations
  • Builds knowledge of your products
  • Fastest, most cost-effective way of reducing time-to-market
  • Improves quality and reliability
Who Could Benefit?
  • Product designers
  • Tool and die operators
  • Manufacturers
Solution Specifics
Leading-edge technology tools are employed in all finite element analyses. Abaqus is considered the world's leading non-linear finite element solver, with strengths in contact, composite materials, material nonlinear and explicit impact analysis.

Why Matrix?
With over 70 man-years of analysis experience across multiple industry sectors Matrix technical specialists can assist you to solve your engineering problems. Matrix areas of core competency are:
  • Design optimisation - ensuring optimum performance to weight
  • Structural integrity - assessment of stresses and displacements
  • Vibration - investigating modal and resonance issues
  • Fatigue - calculating product life when subjected to cyclic loading
  • Failure - investigating and predicting failure in structures
  • Thermal - calculating thermal loads in response to convection, conduction and radiation
  • Fluid structure interaction  
  • Plasticity - the response of materials undergoing plastic deformations
  • Contact - for modelling interactions between components
  • Creep - evaluating the time response of materials (high temperature steels, plastic components...etc)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics - fluid dynamics simulation
  • Composite Analysis - simulation of fabric composite structures
  • Implicit dynamics - modal analysis, frequency response and time varying loads
  • Explicit dynamics - short duration impact type events
  • Fitness For Service (FFS) - Level 3 Defect assessments to API579
Customer Success
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  • Projects – to solve your engineering problems
  • Implementation – of world-leading CAE products
  • Training - Introductory and advanced training courses on CAE methods
  • Benchmark evaluations of CAE methods, applications, and software
  • On-site CAE best practices seminars, workshops, and tutorials
Professional Affiliations include:
  • NAFEMS (International Finite Element Methods and Standards Quality)
  • CPEng (Chartered Professional Engineers, Engineering NZ)
  • ACE New Zealand (Association of Consulting and Engineering)
  • ADA (Australia Defence Association)
  • ARMA (Association of Rotational Moulders) 
  • ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
  • CEAS (Consulting Engineers Advancement Soc.)
  • HERA (Heavy Engineering Research Assoc.)
  • NZDIA (New Zealand Defence Industry Association)

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