Barriers to the effective use of finite element analysis in industry

Wood, J. (2002) Barriers to the effective use of finite element analysis in industry. In: FENET Workshop, 2002-02-27 - 2002-02-28.

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    Abstract

    This workshop represents the first step in a comprehensive and wideranging pan-European information gathering exercise on a topic that is at the heart of the FENET project. The following three categories of industrial organisation have been identified and all have a valuable input to the workshop. The FENET world-wide survey, which sought to establish the significance of barriers to the effective use of finite element analysis across a range of industry sectors, including Aerospace, Land Transport, Biomedical, Civil Construction, Consumer Goods, Marine and Offshore, Power and Pressure Systems and Process & Manufacture, ran from November 2002 - July 2003. The survey, consisting of over 450 questions, included a wide range of issues covering education and awareness, the staffing of FE projects, the cost of FE products; support-related matters in the widest sense, and an extensive list of functionality-related matters, including integration of the analysis function. Particular emphasis was placed on the topics of multi-physics & analysis technology, life extension & durability and product & system optimization, as these are identified themes within the FENet project.