Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of a part or an assembly is computer based analysis of the performance properties of the part or assembly and confirms or optimises the design of the part to ensure that it efficiently meets the design specification. The software model takes the part being tested and converts it to a series of small elements. These finite elements are then mathematically modelled and the loads applied to ensure the part is strong enough for the role it will perform. Material properties and part geometry are all important factors in performance of the final part.

Analysis of internal stress levels is required to guarantee that component strength and stiffness requirements are achieved. Optimisation is necessary to achieve lightweight structures. SHAPE has knowledge across relevant techniques including linear static analysis and multi-body dynamic analysis with complex material failure modes. To verify analysis inputs on critical applications, SHAPE readily specify, manufacture and test material samples. Relevant data is then incorporated into the analysis process.

SHAPE has extensive experience in specifying and optimising complex carbon fibre laminates for a wide range of parts in the F1 and aerospace sectors.


Innovation is what drives SHAPE and the ability to push engineering boundaries with R&D to develop novel technologies and processes for the benefit of our customers and the industry.

Collaboration and developing strong partnerships ensures the benefits of our innovation are passed on quickly and directly to our customers and suppliers for the benefit of every party.

Automation is key to manufacturing efficiency and all the manufacturing processes developed at SHAPE are fully automatable to ensure the highest levels of quality, repeatability, speed and efficiency.