Incorporating Nonlinear Analysis into Routine Engineering Processes for Better Accuracy
Unaccounted-for nonlinearities can potentially skew simulation results, sometimes drastically. In addition, when engineers attempt to contain their simulations to linear analyses, they limit their design freedom and might design within safety margins that are too high. As computing power grows and makes nonlinear simulations more practical for more designs, it's important to note that performing these types of analyses are within easy reach of most engineers familiar with FEA simulation practices. This white paper discusses how making nonlinear analysis a routine part of the engineering process can -- without a lot of additional effort, skill or time -- improve accuracy of results and ultimately result in better-designed products.