Design analysis is a method of testing used by many corporations and organizations to determine if the design concept that they want for a new product or infrastructure is feasible, effective, efficient and financially sound in terms of investment. Through finite element analysis and other scrutiny, engineers determine whether a design will hold up to standards once it is stripped down to its nuts and bolts. Through this analysis, it would be much easier to see which types of design ideas are better left to the drawing board and which ones are best for applying in the real world.
Here are the various ways that design analysis is used by companies and government agencies.
- In countries in which earthquakes and other environmental concerns are at the forefront of building rules, it is important to make sure that building design and architecture pass a stringent series of tests. Design analysis would usually make sure that the design can hold up to various possible scenarios (like strong tremors, winds and even erosion). In most cases, computer simulations and complex calculations take all the variables into consideration and help engineers determine whether a building is structurally secure or not.
- Sometimes, it’s not enough to just run simulations and tests on computers. Computers would usually result in “perfect” scenarios where engineers can control the environment. It’s also important to do real world testing and dynamic analysis, which would involve creating a model or a working physical replica that could then be subjected to the different variables that may be experienced by the actual structure. The variables should also be reduced to the same scale that the model was made. One good example is automotive crash testing. Crash testing doesn’t use scale models, but instead actual cars and trucks. But because crashes are dangerous to real live humans, crash testers use dummies with the same height and weight as humans, and sometimes even mimic the skin texture and consistency of a real person.
- To make sure that the design is properly being appraised, it is best to stick with a system that would allow you to have multiple checks and balances. This way, you can have the best of both worlds – testing based on the theoretical knowledge of design, as well as the actual behavior of the design in real life conditions. A combination of these two variables make it easier to decide which parts of the design would need fine tuning and further research. Other things that might need a better look in terms of reworking or totally overhauling might also benefit from this type of checking.
Design analysis should not end at the pre-production stage. When a product or structure has already been built or manufactured, it’s also the responsibility of design engineers to make sure these conform to changing norms and standards. Therefore, when an upgrade is necessary, especially in safety and security, then new sets of analyses should be done.
In the end, it’s all about making sure that the models and plans are suitable for use in the real world. With various ways of checking design systems, it’s much easier to see if a design fails or succeeds in accomplishing its intended purpose.
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