HMA Materials Handling has been carrying out Finite Element Analysis on its own designs and for clients for many years. We also conduct many certifications of small items such as lifting lugs, lifting beams, excavator and crane attachments, boom pivot points and similar. We use strand7, an Australian-designed Finite Element Analysis (FEA) package.
This package from HMA Materials Handling provides excellent graphics for the presentation of results. However, it is the ability and experience of the designer-operator that produces the results. Selections of boundary conditions, static and dynamic factors on forces, derivation of actual loads to be applied, interpretation of stress levels and the way features are modelled will be key factors in a successful design.