Femap in Aerospace - part 1 - Femto Engineering

Femap in Aerospace – part 1

Bring aerospace structures to life with the premier analysis modeling solution Femap.

FEA pioneers

Did you know that the aerospace industry was one of the first practical users of the finite element analysis? And the improvements that were made using FEA were later implemented in numerous items we use in our daily lives, like cars but also less obvious things like washing machines. Safety is a big consideration in the industry. A large portion of this industry success can be attributed to the ability to create light, but strong structures and simulation technology definitely helped with that.

Series introduction

Femto’s engineers are Femap superusers. Over the years we’ve helped numerous clients with their FEA & CFD projects across a wide variety of industries. The aerospace and defense industry has it’s own set of challenges and this is why we’ll address some of their specific needs with this Femap in aerospace series. In this first series post we’ll cover trends in the industry and the way Femap helped aerospace companies create innovative and competitive products. Future posts will look into industry applications of Femap and useful software features for aerospace engineers. To receive notifications of published posts, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook!

Industry challenges and trends

Although many more trends, we’ve identified three main ones in aerospace we want to commentate on, these include increased financial pressure, growing demand and more product complexity.

1. Increased financial pressure
More suppliers competing for orders and shrinking budgets contributes to a tough business environment. This forces aircraft manufactures to streamline their processes in such a way that more products are delivered on-time and within budget. They also have to look into ways to increase fuel efficiency for example by exploring the use of new materials such as composites. Composite structures allow for reduced operating costs, increased payloads, improved fatigue life and do not corrode. But, beneath a shiny composite exterior a lot of engineering comes into play. Design, manufacturing and maintenance programs all need to be tuned in to the adoption of new materials.

Reducing the risks that come up with new designs is a big issue for the Aerospace and Defense industry compared to other industries. The FAA certification is very strict and for good reason. Simulation can help to catch problems with designs early and in a virtual environment. Saving time and costs on physical prototyping and testing.

2. Growing demand
Growing demand for aircraft structures, especially in the commercial field is good for the industry in general, but of course comes with it’s own set of challenges. Aircraft manufactures nowadays work in global supply chains and need software solutions that are both open, as to foster collaboration while at the same time offer a secure environment to protect intellectual property (IP) rights.

3. More product complexity
Product complexity is a growing concern for almost every industry, but especially Aerospace and Defense companies report it as a top challenge. Engineers in this industry have to deal with lots different factors that increase the complexity of the product, like long development cycles and thousands of components. Simulation can be a big help in minimizing the number of changes, because it helps to guide the design decisions with better insight in the product performance.

How Femap can help

Femap in the aerospace industry has a long track record. Boeing’s selection of Femap in the early 90’s as the premier analysis modeling system for the International Space Station, literally launched Femap to stardom.

Femap is the graphics program that provides pre- and postprocessing functionality to build the simulation model and prepare it for analysis by the solver, and then review results afterwards. Femap development vision is to provide the leading cost effective, high performance finite element modeling and postprocessing solution that’s easy to learn and use. Nowadays  it’s the world’s most popular engineering analysis environment for Nastran users, because of its CAD- and solver-neutral technology.

We hope you liked this post! Thanks for your attention! Interested in who else uses Femap in the aerospace industry? Follow our updates on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook and we’ll tell you!

If you have any questions or remarks about this post, please contact us and we will gladly help you to create the best structures possible with Femap!

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May 8, 2018
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