This is the first part of a series of articles where I hope to show how to analyze deflection and stress in structures using the free CalculiX software. I’m using version 2.17. The focus will be on sandwich structures because that is the area in which I’m most interested. Compared to parts consisting out of a single material this is a bit more tricky as we will see in this article. The main reason for using finite element analysis (“FEA”) in general is that it allows for complete analysis of problems where no integral solution exists.
Additionally, some of the assumptions used in Euler–Bernoulli beam theory for analyzing deformation and stresses in beams and plates do not hold for sandwiches.