Design cycles that incorporate engineering analysis save time and money by minimizing or eliminating expensive and time-consuming design iterations.
We recently contributed to an article published at www.allaboutcircuits.com which evaluated keep-out-areas of a solid state hard drive (SSHD). We provided structural analysis showing that some of the components would short out under an applied load if the sheet metal was too thin.
“Structural analysis is an important part of the product development cycle when you have parts or assemblies that need to be strong enough to resist applied loads. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is one tool used in structural analysis to model the stresses and strains of materials under applied loads such as forces, torques, or from thermal expansion. FEA allows the mechanical engineer to predict how the SSD assembly will react to applied loads and verify the structural fitness of the design before a prototype is ever fabricated.”