Advanced engineering techniques for analysis are modern tools used for companies to enhance the design and manufacturing cycles of new or existing products. Finite element method has become one of the most used tools in the design process of products. This paper presents a case study regarding a design change of the brackets that support the gas jet in stoves. Using the finite element method, the mechanical performance of the existing brackets is compared with the performance of the new proposed bracket. This comparison is used to evaluate the feasibility of carrying out the design change. The benefit of the new design is a reduction of materials, production costs and production times. Experimental analysis of the materials and the validation of the finite element solutions were also performed. The results of the experimental analysis and FEM simulation are discussed and presented. Finally, the performance of the existing and the new brackets under several load cases is compared and the results suggest that the product design change is feasible.

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