This book is an accessible introduction to finite element analysis.
The exposition moves gradually from simplke concepts to more advanced theory, with the goal of making competent applications based on sold understanding. In addition to theory, considerable attention is given to practical matters: modeling for finite element analysis, checking computed results for errors, and revising an analysis as needed.
- Basic theory is clearly explained.
- Includes over 500 analytical problems.
- Structural mechanics is emphasized.
- Dynamics, nonlinearity, and heat transfer are treated.
- Includes application examples with solution critiques.
Any finite element analysis software can be used with this book.
However, VisualFEA (ISBN 0471–21207–5) developed by Intuitive Software, Inc. is available from Wiley for packaging with this book.
VisualFEA is exceptionally easy–to–use and powerful finite element analysis software with computer–based training tools for teaching and learning the finite element method. For both Windows and Mac operating systems. (For those seeking more emphasis on implementation, Fortran coding is available as described in the Preface.)
One–Dimensional Elements, Computational Procedures.
Formulation Techniques: Variational Methods.
Formulation Techniques: Galerkin and Other Weighted Residual Methods.
Isoparametric Triangles and Tetrahedra.
Coordinate Transformation and Selected Analysis Options.
Error, Error Estimation, and Convergence.
Modeling Considerations and Software Use.
Finite Elements in Structural Dynamics and Vibrations.
Heat Transfer and Selected Fluid Problems.
Constaints: Penalty Forms, Locking, and Constraint Counting.
Solid of Revolution.
Nonlinearity: An Introduction.
Stress Stiffness and Buckling.
Appendix A: Matrices: Selected Definition and Manipulations.
Appendix B: Simultaneous Algebraic Equations.
Appendix C: Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors.