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Introduction to the Finite Element Method 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0070513556
ISBN-10: 0070513554
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Product Details

  • Series: Mcgraw-Hill Series in Mechanical Engineering
  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 2 edition (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070513554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070513556
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,523,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Duvernois VINE VOICE on February 5, 2009
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I taught myself FEM for a project that needed it from this book. The book was well structured and clearly written such that I needed no other outside resources to figure out what to do. (The project was a mechanical simulation for part of a physics experiment I was working on.) Would recommend without hesitation to the self-studier.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1998
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J.N. Reddy's has to be one of the finest books for learning the finite element method. The presentation is simple and follows a careful order that essential for understanding the implementation of the technique. The book has many examples from structural engineering, but even if you are not interested in structures (as I am), there are many cross-disiplinary examples. The book also has some Fortran examples in the appendix. This book is far easier to understand than "The finite element method for engineers" by Juebner, Thornton and Byrom.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Xak Tsaroth on April 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is quite good. It will really teach you the basics of Finite element Method. But one problem i encountered is that if you use this book to learn, the next time you need to study deeper FEM, you will have a hard time understanding the very different approaches and also notation. But still this book will give you many things you need to know.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marco G F Capozzi on August 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I learnt FE from this book. It is clear, coincise, full of well-worked examples. It covers almost all of the aspectes of FE programming. The book contains two educational codes, thought both are FORTRAN77 code, one can easily understand what's going on, so as to rewrite it in C or, say, FORTRAN90.
The first s chapters of the book regard the FEm method in general, the 4th focuses on structural mechanics, 5th is about errors in FE analysis, 6th and 7th about numerical integration and 8th is on 2 and 3 dimension FE problem.
Actually this is an introductory book, so the 2 and 3 D problems are not deeply trated.
The book is never hard to understand, and it's suitable (waw!!) for self study.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By loren snyder on February 11, 2013
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Unlike most other FEM authors, Reddy goes out of his way to explain how the method applies to practically any differential equation/PDE one might encounter in just about any technical field (i.e. not just solid mechanics). Instead of harping away about the intracacies of variational methods and trying to rigorously prove every theorem, he rather develops the method of finite elements as a mathematical toolkit, while still giving sufficient mathematical background so that the reader fully understands how the method is applied, and its limitations.

There is a lot of material already out there that is obviously the product of mathematicians, which is verbose, obfuscatory, and bedeviled with pointless formality. I'd even go a step further and say that most of this mathematician-inspired material strikes a condescending tone towards weak-form methods as if they were 'impure'. This text is totally the opposite - the author is clearly trying to show how the method of finite elements is a useful TOOL, rather than trying to appease the gods of mathematical orthodoxy. Reddy's text is very approachable, though the reader is well advised to supplement their reading with texts/classes on variational calculus, vector calculus, ODE's, and PDE's (though the lattermost is really not necessary).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Leon on December 15, 2010
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A superbly easy to read (and study) textbook for a beginner, this is a masterpiece of pedagogy that, despite the passage of time and the hundreds of books written on this subject, still defines the way the Finite Element Method (FEM) should be taught. If you never took a formal course or seriously studied the inner workings and fundamentals of FEM, you need to read this book.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "adithep" on May 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Just completing his second and third chapter in FE formulation, you cannot deny Dr.Reddy's ingenius in FE. His solid background in Variational Calculus will enlight you the real nature of Finite Element approximation and bring you understand how can fomulate FE statement from BVP. Don't be bored in his mathematical written styles, because you could not understand FE in other ways. Absolutely, this book is one in my best list of FE textbook. His enlightment could not be found in a plenty of FE textbooks sold in your bookstore. Just read it!!! You may think like me.
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By Twilight Dweller on September 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is my first book on the FEM. It explains FEM using the concept of the weak formulation -- something that one obtains directly from the governing equation via multiplying by a test function and integrating over the domain. This point of view is more philosophically satisfying and holistic than the narrow matrix structural analysis approach which seems to mislead students into thinking that FEM can only be applied to structures and solids. Incidentally, this weak formulation is also the original one held by Richard Courant who is arguably the modern founder of the FEM. FEM is a complex subject and a lot of hand-holding is needed for beginners. The book succeeded admirably as it is interspersed with detailed numerical examples illustrating the preceding concepts. The author spares no effort to be as complete as possible in his derivations. However, his coverage of the Calculus of Variations seems a bit weak. Overall, highly recommended for a first course on the FEM!
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