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A First Course in the Finite Element Method 4th Edition

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"Logan does a very good job of keeping things simple and straight forward. Fairly well written using a simple approach without extensive theoretical and mathematical theory. The text is very complete."

"Logan has a very easy-to-read style, while retaining the precision and clarity of engineering topics without being dry."

"The author presented topics in a simple and easy-to-follow way and provided subsequently proper derivation or illustration to enhance students' understanding. I cannot find a textbook which is better than this one in the field of finite element method."

About the Author

Daryl L. Logan is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Illinois -- Chicago. He has been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Tau Beta Pi - National Honor Society, and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He holds a Professional Engineer's License in the state of Indiana.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 808 pages
  • Publisher: CL Engineering; 4 edition (July 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534552986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534552985
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book may be the best text book I have come across in years.
If you have the basis of engineering (or physics or maths) you barely need an instructor.
The explainations are clear, and I haven't found any mistakes yet (if there are mistakes they will be few).
Lots of nice problems with answers provided.
This book is excellent for whom desires to learn on which basis FEMs work (undergraduate and graduate).
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A very good book for someone that has never studied this subject before. It's clearly written, and has very good practical examples. I was able to easily work the problems in the end of the chapters using the equations and examples in the text. To use this book, you need to have elementary knowledge of mechanics of materials, basic structural design, and matrices. There is a very good appendix on matrices, which helps you work through that part of FEM.
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This is a good book for the students like me, who would apply FEM for their research but have no idea about FEM. Usually, we don't need to know too much detail about FEM. We only need the basic principle. That's what this book offers. Instead of complex stress-strain analysis in other FEM books, this book starts from one-dimensional truss and beam problems to two-dimensional plane stress problems. I just read half of the book and now feel very comfortable with a FEM code.

Nice book!
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More than likely you are looking at buying this book because it's required for a class. First things first, the book itself is chock full of great examples, with more examples for the more challenging sections. It explains several types of solution methods for each type of element. The only problem with this book, and I feel it is significant, is that there are a fairly large number of mistakes. Answers are provided in the back of the book but are regularly incorrect. Some of the examples also are off because they randomly multiply by a constant that shouldn't be there or raise a term to the third when it should be the second. The book also suffers slightly from formatting when it reduces the size of a matrix to make it fit more easily, leaving you to wonder what happened to the rest of it.
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Explains things in exhausting detail. At the same time neglects key information. Your usual textbook. Not that students have a choice. However, it is designed for the undergraduate level. My rating may also be influenced by a terrible professor that lectures from PowerPoint that was an abridged word-for-word od the text.
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It is not a terrible book but I do have two main objections that make me not like it. The book uses awful English, plenty of sentences that are flat out grammatically incorrect or ambiguous. It makes the reader fight for the intended meaning or just cringe. Every now and then symbols appear that have not been introduced before, and there are many inconsistencies in the notation, and that is confusing!

But a more important objection is lack of examples in many places, particularly where the going gets tougher and so naturally examples are welcome and expected. For example, there are multiple problems about the assembly of a stiffness matrix when an element is linear. However, when an element is quadratic, so there are three nodes defining it and the assembly may become more confusing, suddenly no example at all. And this is just one issue mentioned.

In short, I do not think that this book offers enough help for the student, and it easily could because it is a comprehensive introduction and obviously a lot of work had been done to write it. It just needs to be rewritten and not skip examples and explanations where they are most needed.
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By Eh on January 28, 2014
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I've been told this is one of the best books on the subject. That's sad. It seems like the author skipped out on English class when he was in school. The content may be good, but I am having to fight to read this text. Many times I will have to re-read a paragraph two or three times just to understand what the author is trying to communicate. This shouldn't be so with a college textbook, and a serious revision is in need.

Another thing that bugs me is the author's constant use of the first person. "We now want to develop...," "we will now use the general steps...," "we now want to express..." I can't say that's as big of an issue is as the grammar, but use of the first person is distracting to me.
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It is the only finite element text that I have, it was required for my current course. It seems to do pretty well with example problems and other material. Tends to skip steps as do most higher learning textbooks, so be sure to brush up on your calculus knowledge.
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