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Mastering Autodesk® Inventor® 2012 and Autodesk® Inventor LT™ 2012 by Curtis Waguespack

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Introduction to Analysis

Although the terms stress analysis and finite element analysis (FEA) are often used interchangeably in conversation, it may be helpful to understand them as they relate to the tools available to you in the Inventor Stress Analysis environment. FEA is an analysis of a complex object solved by dividing that object into a mesh of smaller elements upon which manageable calculations can be run. The stress analysis done by Inventor uses this method to allow you to analyze your design under a given set of conditions specified by you in order to determine basic trends in regard to the specifics of your design.

Deriving an exact answer from the analysis of a model is generally reserved for an analyst with specific training, often ...

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