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The Finite Element Method: Linear Static and Dynamic Finite Element Analysis (Dover Civil and Mechanical Engineering) [Paperback]

Thomas J. R. Hughes
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August 16, 2000 0486411818 978-0486411811
This text is geared toward assisting engineering and physical science students in cultivating comprehensive skills in linear static and dynamic finite element methodology. Based on courses taught at Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology, it ranges from fundamental concepts to practical computer implementations. Additional sections touch upon the frontiers of research, making the book of potential interest to more experienced analysts and researchers working in the finite element field.
In addition to its examination of numerous standard aspects of the finite element method, the volume includes many unique components, including a comprehensive presentation and analysis of algorithms of time-dependent phenomena, plus beam, plate, and shell theories derived directly from three-dimensional elasticity theory. It also contains a systematic treatment of "weak," or variational, formulations for diverse classes of initial/boundary-value problems.
Directed toward students without in-depth mathematical training, the text incorporates introductory material on the mathematical theory of finite elements and many important mathematical results, making it an ideal primer for more advanced works on this subject.

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  • Series: Dover Civil and Mechanical Engineering
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (August 16, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486411818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486411811
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Mike
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Finite Element Methodology though conceptually simple (eat the elephant by chopping it up into mouthfuls), becomes somewhat involved when applied, because the of tricks used to get solutions, after all you still may have to solve 100,000 PDEs to get your approximate solution to an otherwise intractable problem. So in its own way FEM can become a bit of a pachyderm itself.

This book is very good, but be aware that this book is aimed at graduate physical-science/engineering students. This means that you know how to solve basic second order differential equations and understand how to perform path integrals for example.

This book is aimed at people who would like to be able to write their own FEM solver. If you are looking to gain some backgrounding in how to construct finite element models using a program to solve problems, this book is probably much more than you need. You might want to try Schaum's Outline of Finite Element Analysis if this is your objective.

DLearn is available from the [...] or by typing
"Dlearn program FEA"
into google and following the link.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars don't miss this book October 13, 2003
I consider this book simply excellent. The book does contain all the information you need to understand the finite element method. It comes with a companion software you can download. I don't actually understand those people who complain about the "excess" of math: com'on. If you don't like math, why in the world are you trying to do FE analysis? If you need to know, say, what is hourglassing, you need to know the theory behind the integration over a master element, otherwise you will never understand what hourglassing is. This is a bare example of what you need to know in order to do some FEA. If this is the kind of information (plus a much more) you're looking for, this is the book for you. Even though, as many other FE books, it's full of math, I've found it less "cryptic" than Bathe's book.
Enjoy it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely five stars! September 22, 2002
The author hase chosen the best, in my oppinion, way to present the background maths using functionals, this not being the fact with other, indeed classic and valuabe, though much more expensive, texts on the subject. Actually most use the original forms of variatonal formulations, which are tricky and result in very lengthy equations. Regarding the method itself, this text includes almost everything you should know to solve linear problems, both static and dynamic (i especially appreciated the dynamic part). Price over value ratio tends to zero, so it is a real bargain!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book January 11, 2004
By G. Qi
an excellent,and also one of the best several books in FEM, definitely. But you need to invest much time to read and understand those math and theories behind the FE, then you can only get the really good insight into the subject.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book in Finite Element Analysis April 4, 2006
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This book was written in a simple but mathematical language. It is not intended for first timers and/or for people without a good support in mathematics.

Good for stablishing routines and procedures if you are willing to create your own brand new program. But also good if you are willing to use the routine that the authors wrote. You can find them at: [...]

Have a good time reading and working with Finite Elements as I am doing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book June 25, 2001
Excellent. Well writen. Although simple its thorough and its mathematical treatment is good enough. It covers most of the important aspects of the method. If I sould choose between this book and the Bathe Book witch is a clasic i would recoment this one as a first read. Its much easier to read and more self study orienteted. 5 Stars Rating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy, good value for your $$$ September 20, 2002
An excellent reference book from one of the gurus of FEM. It's more mathematically oriented than most, but it gives you a good insight into the math , which is the foundation of all FEM.
Great bargain for the price.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Response to Sylmar, CA reviewer January 28, 2004
By A Customer
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The reviewer who said that the software is not available from the ZACE website is incorrect. Go to [...] and click on "Home Page." There you will be able to download DLEARN for free in addition to a
C++ finite element code.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best FE Introduction, gives you all you need.
This is the only book I consider a good introduction to Finite Elements. I found all the others have one or more severe shortcomings that leave out essential material. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Snapple
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good book for beginners
If you are a beginner, please avoid buying this book. This book is okay only for the 2 first chapters, and it becomes tougher and can not understandable in the next following... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tan Trinh
4.0 out of 5 stars I think this book is cheap compared with its quality, I like it
I think this book is cheap compared with its quality, I like it. ne ne de, I hope more book is as cheap as this one, especially in the U.S.
Published 17 months ago by Guohua Zhou
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
this is good book for who is interested in FEM as a mechanical eng. Only drawback is no more examples, but when u compared price and quality, it worths five stars.
Published 18 months ago by turk
5.0 out of 5 stars Review: The Finite Element Method by R.C. Hughes
While this book is perfect for students as well for engineers who would like to understand
the theory behind the F. Read more
Published on June 15, 2010 by Arik Palitski Eng
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for starters
I bought this book to begin understanding of finite elements theory. the book is good but sure not for starters. Read more
Published on July 26, 2008 by Negrolo
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to learn
I am an international student majored in geology and geophysics. FEM is quite important for me to build a computational model to caculate statical and dynamical problems. Read more
Published on May 30, 2008 by Zhengyu Cai
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a bible
This book has been a core finite element reference for me for 16 years. The mathematics are actually somewhat mild compared to most of today's finite element literature and many... Read more
Published on May 29, 2008 by Old Engineer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, difficult read with software foulup
The text is obviously considered a benchmark for FEA. The date of the first edition causes me to guess that it was among the first serious texts in the subject. Read more
Published on May 1, 2008 by LittleSystemGuy
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it
I wanted a complete book in FEA to start learning about it. I expected this book to be clear, practical, complete, with a good amount of practical examples showing how to use the... Read more
Published on July 5, 2006 by Mauricio
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