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Programming the Finite Element Method, 3rd Edition 3rd Edition

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Programming the Finite Element Method Third Edition I. M. Smith University of Manchester, UK. D. V. Griffiths Colorado School of Mines, USA. Following the highly successful previous editions, this Third edition contains programs and subroutine libraries fully updated in Fortran 90, which are also available on the Internet via anonymous ftp. A wide variety of new problem solving analyses are presented, including classical structural analysis, elasticity and plasticity, steady state and transient fluid flow, linear and non-linear solid dynamics and construction processes in geomechanics. The authors provide:
* a clear outline of programming philosophy
* programs which illustrate analytic rather than numerical evaluation of element properties
* exercises for students to solve
Unique elements of the text include:
* practical problems in Fortran 90
* instructions to the reader for developing their own computer programs which use the finite element method to solve specific problems
* guidelines towards vectorisable/parallelisable programs
* 'Mesh-free' or 'element-by-element' techniques supplanting traditional 'mesh-dependent' or 'global element assembly' methods in every chapter.
These improvements all contribute to a more comprehensive book with a wide appeal, but which will be of particular interest to students and practitioners in the application of the finite element method, and problems related to its use; undergraduates and postgraduates in civil engineering (applications in fields of Geomechanics), mechanical engineering (stress and fluid flow problems), applied mathematics and physics (solution of partial differential equations), and engineers in the fields as indicated above.

About the Author

Professor Smith is currently the Head of the Geotechnics Division at the Manchester Centre for Civil and Construction Engineering, UMIST.

Professor Griffiths is Professor of Civil Engineering, Division of Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.

--This text refers to the Digital edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 546 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (December 29, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047196543X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471965435
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,018,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Don W. Dotson on August 4, 1998
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This book is an excellent textbook for advanced graduate students as well as the theoretically oriented practitioner with considerable programming experience. However, it should not be considered as a text for a first course in finite elements. Those hoping to learn the fundamentals of the FEM from this text will be disappointed. Other texts, such as Logan's "A First Course in the Finite Element Method," are better suited because of the hand examples along with the step-by-step worked out procedures. Logan's example code is not as powerful as Smith and Griffiths', but is easier to understand for the beginner. Another problem for practitioners is the exclusive use of Fortran 90. Fortran 90 is extremely powerful and may, eventually, save the Fortran language from extinction. However, most practitioners will be almost as unfamiliar with Fortran 90 as they are with C/C++. Additionally, Fortran 90 compilers are relatively expensive compared with C/C++ compi! lers and either will require a steep learning curve. For the student and practitioner with a good background in Finite Element programming and able and willing to invest considerable time and effort, this book will be invaluable. Geomechanic practitioners will find Chapter 6, "Material Nonlinearity," especially useful. Smith and Griffiths have written a very fine book, but not for beginners. The authors should consider writting a true first course in Finite Element programming suitable for the advanced undergraduate or first-year graduate student. If they do so, the two volume series may become the benchmark which defines excellence in FEM textbooks.
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This book does a good job showing how to take advantage of modern Fortran90 to program the finite element method with both direct and iterative equation solvers. In fact, this is the only book available to do so. All other finite element books have code which is somewhat outdated in that they use Fortran77 and only cover direct equation solvers, and do not cover iterative solvers.
The book does a good job with showing "element-by-element" iterative solvers developed by researchers in the 1980's. Unfortunately, the book does not cover the more recent iterative methods such as methods which utilize compressed storage formats and domain decomposition methods.
The most disappointing aspect of the book is that the contents claim that parallel computing methods are included. In fact, there is only a very short chapter outlining parallel methods for the element-by-element iterative solution method. Some results are presented of the authors
research but no details are given at all. The authors appear to be novice parallel programming users who are currently learning to write parallel programs for finite elements at the time of the publication. The book would have been much more valuable if parallel programming aspects were included, this would have truly set the book apart from other finite element books. I suspect that the authors will publish a fourth edition of their book after they have learned how to program the finite element method for parallel computers.
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This is an excellent piece of work demonstrating the use of finite elements. The fortran 90 programs used give a hands on experience to develop finite elements for various applications. In addition to the detailed explanation of finite elements, this text makes you appreciate fortran 90 to build finite elements for real world problems. The coding of modules used repetitively , which is an important element for learning to write code for finite elements,is emphasized. Despite its emphasis on engineering problems, the concepts can easily be used for other fields.
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This book is "one among the rest". It has been written to learn programming F.E. And it just excells at that. After the second edition, in which the use of Fortran77 made the first approach easier but necesarily limited, this one using the extremly powerfull Fortran90 is the best compendium of programs and subroutines explained in detail. I am using it in my curses of graduate engineers and the succes is impresive. The iterative methods for the solvers, are a wonderful bonus. Profs. Smith and Griffiths have done what all off us, teachers, would have liked to do. Anyone studying F.E. must know it.
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This book assumes that the reader already knows the
theory behind the finite element method.
The explanations of the code are limited, but with careful
study, the code is powerfull,
concise and portable. This is by far
the best book available in the open literature for
programming the finite element method. The reader with
background in FEM theory, will find this book extremely
useful, and the code very readable.
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I must say I agree with the views of `A reader from Seattle', and moreover, I must point out that in such a book one most definitely expects discussion of the optimum way to program the object oriented FEM using Fortran 9x. Instead, the authors only claim that introduction of OO concepts to FEM coding using Fortran 9x is a `matter of taste', which is unlikely to be true, since there are so many publications that emphasize the virtues of such an approach. Considering the fact that Fortran 9x is not fully OO for a number of reasons and thus obviously the C++ versions of FEM codes cannot be directly converted to Fortran 9x, this would have been a most welcome contribution. I have learned that a new edition of the book is due this summer, and I hope that they address this point as well in that edition.
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