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Finite Element Tetris

Finite Element Tetris
Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you: Finite Element Tetris. – Who says FEA isn’t fun?

The wonderful thing about Finite Elements is that they represent a general solution: As long as you’ve got the elements for it, you can model anything. With great power comes great responsibility, and as such Engineers typically reserve FEA (Finite Element Analysis, for those who aren’t good at guessing acronyms) for complex structures.

So what do you do when you’ve been handed the awesome power of LUSAS finite element software and have some time on your hands? Well, you buckle down to perform some serious geometrically non-linear dynamic impact analysis…

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you my very own: Finite Element Tetris.

As fun as the above model was, in retrospect I felt it was lacking a certain je ne sais quoi. So, in the spirit of engineering, I dropped the stiffness, switched off the damping and turned down the gravity. If you’ve ever wondered what Tetris would have been like if the pieces were made of rubber… wonder no more:

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