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Finite Element Method

FEM stands for finite element method, where the part, which has to be calculated, is build up of a large number of small (finite) elements. The behaviour of the single element under load and its interaction with the neighbouring elements is calculated and allows the engineer to analyse the whole system.
FEM is the best way to predict the behaviour of complex structures and laminate lay-up with respect to strength, stress and deformation. The calculations are used for the weight optimisation of complete yachts or yacht structures, or the prediction of flexing and bending, which is very important especially for big yachts.