Introduction and background
Structural analysis using pinjointed elements
Continuum elements (twodimensional, axisymmetric, three–dimensional
Energy and variational approaches
Higher order quadratic elements
Beam, plate, and shell elements
Practical guidelines for FE applications
Introduction to nonlinear FE analysis
Examples of FE applications.
This book provides the theoretical background to understanding linear finite element analysis, presents a number of examples to illustrate how practical problems can be analysed using FE software, and provides a firm foundation for readers interested in further, more advanced, non–linear applications.