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Vibration Analysis Simulations

Measure vibrations & optimize structural designs using cloud-native FEA simulation.

Cloud-Native FEA for Vibration Analysis

Vibration analysis is an investigation that engineers do to study the patterns of vibration signals in a system and identify anomalies or changes.

Simulation helps define your system’s response to vibration using appropriate analysis types under Finite Element Analysis (FEA). FEA is a numerical solution that enables you to study structural aspects related to vibration, such as stress, displacement, velocity, eigenmodes, and more. FEA analysis types include Modal, Static, Harmonic, and Dynamic Analyses.

SimScale enables engineers to leverage the power of cloud computing to quickly and efficiently analyze the effects of vibration on their designs, ultimately speeding up the iterative structural design process as a whole.

Using cloud-native simulation, you can:

  • Run multiple simulations in parallel
  • Simulate FEA applications autonomously and simultaneously
  • Run simulations quickly with an easy-to-learn interface
  • Avoid manual updates, installation, maintenance, and any related fees
Modal analysis of an e-motor bracket

Why do We Need Vibration Analysis?

Vibration analysis allows users to mitigate the risk of physical vibration test failure. Many products are required to undergo physical vibration testing to be certified for safe usage under international standardization body regulations.

Using SimScale’s vibration analysis tools, you can:

  • Lower your testing costs: One failed test likely costs more than a SimScale license.
  • Mitigate test failure: Understand design weak points, iterate virtually, and optimize your design to increase survivability.
  • Gain deeper insights: Unlike the pass-or-fail approach of physical testing, simulation helps you uncover the root causes of failure.
  • Speed up time to market: Reduce time wastage associated with physical prototyping and testing failures.
  • Go into physical testing with increased confidence: Use frequency analysis to define a physical test range with no risk of resonance.

A Look Into Frequency Analysis (Modal Analysis)

Modal analysis describes the limits of a system’s response to an applied load with a corresponding magnitude and frequency. By studying the system’s vibration response, engineers and designers can define particular design changes and approaches that maintain the system’s robustness and avoid issues of resonance.

With SimScale’s frequency analysis, users can evaluate the overall rigidity of their design structure and the local rigidity in particular regions by analyzing the natural frequencies of their structure. It can help determine the structure’s eigenfrequencies (eigenvalues) and eigenmodes (mode shapes) due to vibration.

Want to run a vibration analysis of your own?

Customer Success

TechSAT Uses Cloud-Native Structural Analysis to Optimize Airborne Electrical Equipment

TechSAT uses simulation at the conceptual phase to find the best structural design approaches to maintaining the survivability of electrical equipment against vibration. Using SimScale, not only did they specify evidence-based approaches against vibration, but they also minimized their need for physical prototyping, meanwhile saving €15k in licensing and hardware costs.

TechSat saves €15k on licensing and hardware using SimScale

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Related Success Stories

Check out all the success stories of our customers with structural analysis, including ITW, Samco, Withings, and more.

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Validation Cases

Check out the latest vibration analysis simulations performed in SimScale and validated against experimental and/or analytical results.

Vibration Analysis Resources

Your hub for everything about vibration analyses. Check out our technical documentation section to learn about how to set up a vibration analysis simulation.

Example Vibration Analysis Projects