finite-element analysis


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  • noun a reduction of a complex structure to its basic component parts so that these can be studied in a computer, especially in a CAD (computer-aided design) process


  • (written as Finite Element Analysis)
    A method utilized to analyze stresses and structural integrity of objects, by breaking down an overall physical structure into a finite number of discrete elements. For instance, a CAD program can be utilized to study these elements, and display different scenarios under varying thermal and dynamic conditions for the overall structure. Its abbreviation is FEA.