Analysis can be tailored to suit particular applications, ranging from simple conceptual models to detailed production verification. In all cases the models will provide predicted performance or (if exact loads are unknown) can be used for trend analysis.
For slender structures, BEAM elements can asses the effects of various section sizes providing a baseline design which can then proceed to detail design with confidence, and focusing further analysis effort into the most critical areas.
SHELL elements are suitable for modelling parts which are constructed of 'thin' material. Vehicle bodyshells and composite chassis structures are efficiently modelled in this way.