The finite element method in engineering

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Pergamon Press, 1989 - Mathematics - 643 pages
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This second edition of The Finite Element Method in Engineering reflects the new and current developments in this area, whilst maintaining the format of the first edition. It provides an introduction and exploration into the various aspects of the finite element method (FEM) as applied to the solution of problems in engineering. The first chapter provides a general overview of FEM, giving the historical background, a description of FEM and a comparison of FEM with other problem solving methods. The following chapters provide details on the procedure for deriving and solving FEM equations and the application of FEM to various areas of engineering, including solid and structural mechanics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. By commencing each chapter with an introduction and finishing with a set of problems, the author provides an invaluable aid to explaining and understanding FEM, for both the student and the practising engineer.

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INTRODUCTION TO FINITE ELEMENT METHOD
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method
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SOLUTION OF FINITE ELEMENT EQUATIONS
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SINGIRESU S. RAO, PhD, is a professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He earned his doctorate from Case Western Reserve University and has extensive teaching and research experience at Purdue, San Diego State University, Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur), and NASA Langley Research Center. Dr. Rao has published more than 125 technical papers in internationally reputed journals and more than 100 papers in conference proceedings in the areas of engineering optimization, reliability-based design, fuzzy systems, active control of structures, concurrent design, and vibration engineering. His previous books include Optimization: Theory and Applications, The Finite Element Method in Engineering, Mechanical Vibrations, and Reliability-Based Design. Dr. Rao has edited several conference proceedings and served as the Conference Chairman and Papers Review Chairman for the ASME Design Automation Committee and as an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanisms, Transmissions, and Automation in Design. Currently, he is on the editorial boards of Engineering Optimization, Reliability Engineering & System Safety, and Microelectronics and Reliability.

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