Finite element analysis tool 1: ALGOR

Competency Group: Material Science

Type: Measure Hardware

Description: After drawing up the parts involved in the design using a specific material — there is a quick turn around in finding out if that device shape made from said material will function under the conditions that are described. Finite Element Analysis tools such as ALGOR will take all of the material property elements and simulate their action under extreme conditions.

Citation for Description: Description by authors

Units: Pass/Fail

Advantages: Saves time building many models in different materials to see what works and what doesn't work.

Limitations: It is relatively inexpensive with a sharp learning curve.

Regulations: NAFEMS. (n.d.) Publications, Benchmark Tests. Retrieved from

Target Audience: Engineering, R&D

Relevant to Universal Design: Yes

Stages and Steps: 5.2, 5.3

Free Resource: Logan, D. L. (2001). First Course in the Finite Element Method Using AlgorTM, 2nd Edition. Platteville, WI: Brooks/Cole Publishing

Purchase Resource: Autodesk. (2012). Mechanical Simulation Software. Retrieved from