## What Every Engineer Should Know about Finite Element Analysis, Second Edition,Summarizing the history and basic concepts of finite elements in a manner easily understood by all engineers, this concise reference describes specific finite element software applications to structural, thermal, electromagnetic and fluid analysis - detailing the latest developments in design optimization, finite element model building and results processing and future trends.;Requiring no previous knowledge of finite elements analysis, the Second Edition provides new material on: p elements; iterative solvers; design optimization; dynamic open boundary finite elements; electric circuits coupled to finite elements; anisotropic and complex materials; electromagnetic eigenvalues; and automated pre- and post-processing software.;Containing more than 120 tables and computer-drawn illustrations - and including two full-colour plates - What Every Engineer Should Know About Finite Element Analysis should be of use to engineers, engineering students and other professionals involved with product design or analysis. |

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### Contents

Why | 5 |

ZeroDimensional Spring Element | 13 |

Problem Types | 31 |

Structural Analysis Programs | 47 |

Constraints | 61 |

References | 89 |

Loads | 102 |

Electromagnetic Analysis | 119 |

Examples of Electromagnetic Analysis | 195 |

Eigenvalue Analysis | 215 |

Fluid Analysis | 221 |

Element Types | 228 |

Results and Verification | 235 |

References | 245 |

Analysis vs Design Optimization | 252 |

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