Finite Element Analysis

Finite Element Analysis

Finite Element Analysis was developed as a numerical method of stress analysis, but now it has been extended
as a general method of solution to many complex engineering and physical science problems. As it involves
lot of calculations, its growth is closely linked with the developments in computer technology. Now-a-days a
number of finite element analysis packages are available commercially and number of users is increasing. A
user without a basic course on finite element analysis may produce dangerous results. Hence now-a-days in
many M.Tech. programmes finite element analysis is a core subject and in undergraduate programmes many
universities offer it as an elective subject. The experience of the author in teaching this course to M.Tech
(Geotechnical Engineering) and M.Tech. (Industrial Structures) students at National Institute of Technology,
Karnataka, Surathkal (formerly, K.R.E.C. Surathkal) and to undergraduate students at SDM College of
Eingineering and Technology, Dharwad inspired him to write this book. This is intended as a text book to
students and as an introductory course to all users of finite element packages.

The author has developed the finite element concept, element properties and stiffness equations in first
nine chapters. In chapter X the various points to be remembered in discritization for producing best results is
presented. Isoparametric concept is developed and applications to simple structures like bars, trusses, beams
and rigid frames is explained thoroughly taking small problems for hand calculations. Application of this
method to complex problems like plates, shells and nonlinear analysis is introduced. Finally a list of
commercially available packages is given and the desirable features of such packages is presented.
The author hopes that the students and teachers will find it as a useful text book. The suggestions for
improvements are most welcome.


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