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Introduction to the Finite Element Method [Hardcover]

J. N. Reddy
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January 1, 1993 0070513554 978-0070513556 2
The second edition is intended for the junior-senior-graduate level course in finite element method. This text includes a step-by-step, systematic approach to the formulation and analysis of differential and integral equations in variational forms for use as finite element methods.

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  • 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: 9.5 x 6.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked well for self-study 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Introductory Book April 28, 2000
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good book August 14, 2003
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit dated but still a superb text for beginners 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for learning the mehtods of FEM 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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It is one of my best list. May 4, 2002
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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK February 10, 2002
This book is a nice starting point for FEM modeling.I have had experience with contol volume and finite difference and am trying to catch on FEM.It helps me where i need help. There is this other
book by Schaums that complements this book. He goes into finite elements from the very basic engineering calculus. This book taught me finite elements. And i have published in FEM since. Quite a few papers as a matter of fact.

I have bought a second book on Finite Elements authored by him. I am in love with the book. The mathematical formulations....the very fact that it looks so abstruse that is the reason i love it..clarity of thought i respect like mad! And he has it all!!!
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