How Finite Element Methods Are Introduced in Large and Small Organizations 740006

Once the need for finite element techniques as a computer-aided design tool is realized, the managers of design, analysis, and production engineering groups are faced with the problem of introducing these techniques within their organizations. This paper discusses a plan for introducing finite element techniques into both large and small organizations where the strategy for implementation will vary according to the size of the organization. Discussion of resources required, including manpower, computer hardware, computer software, and training, are presented. Guidelines will be given for setting budgets, integrating the approach into the product design process, reviewing the state-of-the-art, and planning for continued growth in the area.


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