Finite Element Analysis

Finite element analysis (FEA) however is a powerful method of analysing structures using computer software. Whilst most structural elements can be analysed using simple mathematical models, they tend to be quite limited. The results of which only offer a course approximation of the true structure.  It can be used to obtain more accurate structural solutions for a wide variety of structural forms ranging from simple 1D elements to highly complex 3D shaped structures.

Each component within the structure is divided into smaller triangular or quadrilateral shaped connected elements that have a finite size (hence the FEA name). These elements are connected at the corners by shared ‘nodes’, thus creating a ‘mesh’.

Material parameters are defined along with analytical functions that describe the behaviour of each element, such as the ability to simulate geometric and material non-linearity. All of which help describe the real-world structure more fully and to a higher degree of accuracy.

The earliest mathematical papers on FEA can be found in the works of Schelbach 1851.

A message from Thomas Consulting

2021 - Merger Finalised

Thomas Consulting are delighted to announce that over the spring period we have finalised a merger with the structural arm of Carr Faulkner Associates Ltd (CFA Structures Ltd).

CFA Structures Ltd, is a highly regarded structural engineering practice based in Chorley, Lancashire.

The merger will  enhance Thomas Consulting’s already strong reputation within the industry for providing technical services, construction guidance,

and general Civil Engineering services UK wide.

The Carr Faulkner office in Chorley town centre has now closed, all future works will take the Thomas Consulting name.

All the staff at the time of the merger have been retained, with former director Howard Faulkner joining Thomas Consulting as a consultant at the Buckshaw Village office.

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