Concepts and Applications of Finite Element Analysis,4th Edition / Edition 4

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This book has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect developments since the third edition, with an emphasis on structural mechanics. Coverage is up-to-date without making the treatment highly specialized and mathematically difficult. Basic theory is clearly explained to the reader, while advanced techniques are left to thousands of references available, which are cited in the text.

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This textbook introduces finite element analysis, moving gradually from simple concepts to more advanced theories. Practical matters are also discussed, including modeling for finite element analysis, checking computed results for errors, and revising analyses. Structural mechanics are emphasized. Dynamics, nonlinearity, and heat transfer are also covered. Approximately 500 analytic problems are included. The authors teach engineering physics and engineering mechanics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471356059
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 1,284,013
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert D. Cooke received his Ph.D. in Theoretical andApplied Mechancis from the University of Illinois in 1963. Sincethen he has been at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where heis now a professor in the Department of Engineering Physics. Hisinterests include stress analysis and finite element methods. Inaddition to the present book, he is author of Finite ElementModeling for Stress Analysis (Wiley, 1995) and AdvancedMechanics of Materials (2nd Edtion, Prentice Hall, 1999, withWarren C. Young).

David S. Malkus received his Ph.D. from Boston Universityin 1976. He spent two years at the National Bureau of Standards andseven years in the Mathematics Department of Illinois Institute ofTechnology. He is now Professor of Engineering Mechanics at theUnivrersity of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests concernapplication of the finite element method to problems of structuraland continuum mechanics, in particular the flow of non-Newtonianfluids. He is a member of the Rheology Research Center (Universityof Wisconsin-Madison) and the Society of Rheology.

Michael E. Plesha received his B.S. from the Universityof Illinois at Chicago, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees fromNorthwestern University, the Ph.D. degree in 1983. He has been afaculty member in the Department of Engineering Physics at theUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison since 1983 where he is Professor ofEngineering Mechanics. His research areas include constitutivemodeling and finite element analysis of contact-friction problems,transient finite element analysis, and discrete elementmethods.

Robert J. Witt received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineeringfrom the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. He is nowan associate professor in the Department of Engineering Physics atthe University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests are incomputational methods of fluid and solid mechanics, with particularapplication to nuclear systems.

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Table of Contents



One-Dimensional Elements, Computational Procedures.

Basic Elements.

Formulation Techniques: Variational Methods.

Formulation Techniques: Galerkin and Other Weighted ResidualMethods.

Isoparametric Elements.

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.

Plate Bending.


Nonlinearity: An Introduction.

Stress Stiffness and Buckling.

Appendix A: Matrices: Selected Definition and Manipulations.

Appendix B: Simultaneous Algebraic Equations.

Appendix C: Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors.



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