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Re: Anyone using freeware FEA?

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Both have their place. Both have different advantages and
disadvantages. Most important, both should be used with the same
professional care, such as your example of finding an alternate
independent means of checking the results.  It does not matter whether
the software is open source or commercially procured, that step still
has to be done. If you can't check the results, you shouldn't be using

Unfortunately, some only use commercial software because they believe
they do not have to check their results, despite the disclaimers users
have to sign before using it, in the belief that it was written by
professionals who know what they are doing and the justice system will
compel them to back their work, despite the disclaimer. That is a

On Sun, Oct 4, 2009 at 3:08 PM, Alexander Bausk <bauskas(--nospam--at)> wrote:
> Dear listers.
> I was procrastinating this Sunday night and got somewhat puzzled by an
> ancient thread on Eng-tips named "Should We Use Free Software"
> (
> I searched the list server archive and found no threads discussing or
> comparing free FEA codes.
> So, how many of you use free FEA packages regularly and whether you have
> found any of it suitable for real projects?
> Are you in favour of brand-name, easy to use, expensive integrated packages,
> or free, time-consuming, customizable tools that require you to think the
> design/check procedure yourself? (Sorry to enforce bias here, that's how I
> personally see this choice.)
> Also, to my understanding, the users of free/open-source FEA are likely sole
> practitioners and small business owners/partners, not corporate employees.
> Am I right here?
> TIA,
> Alex.
> P.s. If the list doesn't find this to be an offtopic, I'll compile a small
> list of free FEA that I think is more or less suitable for practical
> structural needs.
> --
> Alexander Bausk
> Civil/Structural design & inspection engineer, CAD professional
> Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
> Tel. +38 068 4079692
> Fax. +38 0562 470263
> bauskas(--nospam--at)

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