Online 3D Solid FEM Program Utilizing a HPC Cluster
In an effort to facilitate the stress analysis of large 3D structures using finite elements in undergraduate solid mechanics courses, a remote, high-performance computing (HPC) cluster for solving was investigated. An online, interactive engineering tool was developed to explore the potential for remote versus local computing of complex geometry stress analysis using FEM. In this engineering tool, 3D models in a COLLADA (COLLAborative Design Activity)  (.DAE format) can be uploaded from local memory or from a pre-designed geometry library. The 3D solids tool then volumetrically meshes the geometry using tetrahedral elements to a user defined level of refinement. Loads and boundary conditions can be applied to the model, and the program solves for nodal displacements and stresses.