Augmented reality visualization of modal analysis using the finite element method

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Erkek, Merve Yavuz, Erkek, Selim, Jamei, Elmira ORCID: 0000-0002-4270-0326, Seyedmahmoudian, Mehdi, Stojcevski, Alex and Horan, B ORCID: 0000-0002-6723-259X (2021) Augmented reality visualization of modal analysis using the finite element method. Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 11 (3). pp. 1-11. ISSN 2076-3417


Modal analysis provides the dynamic behavior of an object or structure, and is often undertaken using the Finite Element Method (FEM) due to its ability to deal with arbitrary geometries. This article investigates the use of Augmented Reality (AR) to provide the in situ visualization of a modal analysis for an aluminum impeller. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software packages regularly use heat maps and shape deformation to visualize the outcomes of a given simulation. AR allows the superimposition of digital information on a view of the real-world environment, and provides the opportunity to overlay such simulation results onto real-world objects and environments. The presented modal analysis undertaken herein provides natural frequencies and the corresponding deformation of an aluminum impeller. The results indicate the ability for the design part and finite element analysis results to be viewed on the physical part. A mobile AR-FEA-based system was developed for Modal Analysis result visualization. This study offers designers and engineers a new way to visualize such simulation results.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.3390/app11031310
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4005 Civil engineering
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Keywords Finite Element Method, FEM, Augmented Reality, AR, simulation, Finite Element Analysis, FEA
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