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 - New Year, New Office

Here at Thomas Consulting we are on the move….

Exciting times after nearly 20 years in the current office at Friar Street the team are moving to a brighter, bigger accessible office at 21 China Street, Lancaster.  

The building has been part of a development undertaken by JMP Architects at their existing site.

The new office space has access directly off of China Street giving on-site parking for the Team and visiting clients; a rarity in Lancaster city centre.

As soon as COVID-19 Security and Government restrictions permit, we are looking forward to inviting all our associates and clients to enjoy a little cheese and Wine event at our new home.

We will be raising a toast to a healthy, safe and prosperous year for all.

Should you need to contact any member of our team the following numbers are available during working hours of 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday

01743 237940 (Shrewsbury), 01772 299040 (Chorley) and 01524 846022 (Lancaster)