We performed static and dynamic finite element analysis on various design modifications of skateboard ramps after a client/ manufacturer found permanent deformations on one of its ramps.
The finite element method is a numerical technique that is used to predict the behavior of complex structures. Finite element methods were originally developed and used by large corporations and research companies during the mid-1960s. Although finite element analysis programs became commercially available in the early 1970’s, they did not become a commonly used design tool until the personal computer became commonplace in the 1980’s.
In general, the accuracy of finite element results is dependent on how well the finite element model and its applied loading represent the actual part and loading conditions. Simplifications in geometry and how the mechanical interaction between connecting parts (such as bolted joints and weldments) represented in a finite element model can have a significant effect on the results.
We perform dynamic and fatigue analysis on structures for clients in various industries. To learn more, see Finite Element Analysis.