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A Primer for Finite Elements in Elastic Structures [Hardcover]

W. F. Carroll
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October 22, 1998 0471283452 978-0471283454 1
A thorough guide to the fundamentals--and how to use them--of finite element analysis for elastic structures

For elastic structures, the finite element method is an invaluable tool which is used most effectively only when one understands completely each of its facets. A Primer for Finite Elements in Elastic Structures disassembles the entire finite element method for civil engineering students and professionals, detailing its supportive theory and its mathematical and structural underpinnings, in the context of elastic structures and the principle of virtual work.

The book opens with a discussion of matrix algebra and algebraic equation systems to foster the basic skills required to successfully understand and use the finite element method. Key mathematical concepts outlined here are joined to pertinent concepts from mechanics and structural theory, with the method constructed in terms of one-dimensional truss and framework finite elements. The use of these one-dimensional elements in the early chapters promotes better understanding of the fundamentals. Subsequent chapters describe many two-dimensional structural finite elements in depth, including the geometry, mechanics, transformations, and mapping needed for them.

Most chapters end with questions and problems which review the text material. Answers for many of these are at the end of the book. An appendix describes how to use MATLAB(r), a popular matrix-manipulation software platform necessary to perform the many matrix operations required for the finite element method, such as matrix addition, multiplication, inversion, partitioning, rearrangement, and assembly. As an added extra, the m-files discussed can be downloaded from the Wiley FTP server.

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A thorough guide to the fundamentals—and how to use them—of finite element analysis for elastic structures

For elastic structures, the finite element method is an invaluable tool which is used most effectively only when one understands completely each of its facets. A Primer for Finite Elements in Elastic Structures disassembles the entire finite element method for civil engineering students and professionals, detailing its supportive theory and its mathematical and structural underpinnings, in the context of elastic structures and the principle of virtual work.

The book opens with a discussion of matrix algebra and algebraic equation systems to foster the basic skills required to successfully understand and use the finite element method. Key mathematical concepts outlined here are joined to pertinent concepts from mechanics and structural theory, with the method constructed in terms of one-dimensional truss and framework finite elements. The use of these one-dimensional elements in the early chapters promotes better understanding of the fundamentals. Subsequent chapters describe many two-dimensional structural finite elements in depth, including the geometry, mechanics, transformations, and mapping needed for them.

Most chapters end with questions and problems which review the text material. Answers for many of these are at the end of the book. An appendix describes how to use MATLAB(r), a popular matrix-manipulation software platform necessary to perform the many matrix operations required for the finite element method, such as matrix addition, multiplication, inversion, partitioning, rearrangement, and assembly. As an added extra, the m-files discussed can be downloaded from the Wiley FTP server.

About the Author

W. F. CARROLL is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Central Florida.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471283452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471283454
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to read if you REALLY WANNA LEARN FE analyses September 14, 2012
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Borrowed it from school's library. This book goes in detail of all what you need for a basic, solid background about FE analysis. It is timely, but worthy. It also includes the utilization of MATLAB in solving FE problems which is awesome.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Finite Elements September 21, 2009
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Took awhile to ship. Not very easy to understand. I bought this for a class, but it was so difficult to understand we never used it. I would suggest getting an alternative book if studying finite element matrices analysis.
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