Finite Element Analysis of Concrete

Sep 10, 2021 | Structural services | 0 comments

Concrete is an exceptionally durable substance, given that the correct courses of action are followed. However, how do structural engineers predict what concrete might experience throughout its life? In general, we do not consider the real-world forces which concrete may experience, but structural engineers must do this! How do they do this? Well, through something known as finite element analysis.

What is it?

I think a good question to begin with is: what is finite element analysis? Finite element analysis is a computerized method for predicting how a product reacts to real-world forces. These forces include heat, vibration, fluid flow, many other physical effects. This method shows whether a product will work the way it is intended to, or if rethinking needs to be done. In this case, structural engineers use this method to anticipate what the desired concrete will experience throughout time.

Why is this helpful?

Well, let’s say that you are building a house or a tall building. Imagine that you have already completed this expensive project, only to discover that after a few weeks of intense heat, there are massive cracks in the concrete! This would be a huge cause for alarm because this can result in your building being prone to moisture damage, excess shifting, or even collapse! Therefore, when building concrete structures, structural engineers use finite element analysis to determine what forces the concrete will experience throughout its usage. With this information, decisions can be made about what changes or adjustments should be considered.


Finite element analysis is a powerful tool when included in project planning. Structural engineers use this method to make any adjustments and ensure that any design meets physical demands present. This is not only a way to avoid problems, but also a way to prevent significant costs later. By including this in any construction project, you are ensuring that your designs don’t suffer from inherent flaws or unanticipated external factors.

Are you interested in finite element analysis in your project? Contact Sabio Engineering Services! Our engineers are trained in using finite element analysis in several types of projects!

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