Introduction to Finite Elements in Engineering

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Prentice Hall, 1997 - Technology & Engineering - 461 pages
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This work provides an integrated approach to finite element methodologies, combining sound theory, examples and exercises involving engineering applications and the implementation of theory in complete, self-contained computer programs. This edition introduces new material on many topics, including frontal method, conjugate gradient method, orthotropic materials, Guyan reduction, three dimensional frames, least squares fit for quadrilateral element, two dimensional fins and von Mises stress. It prepares BASIC programs to work efficiently in the QBASIC environment available on DOS 5.0 or higher, and provides FORTRAN and C versions of all programs in a separate directory for easy access. All programs have been revised to work with file input, and new programs introduced that deal with multipoint constraints involving two variables. The book also introduces temperature effect in 1D, 2D, and 3D deformation and stress analysis programs, as well as frontal method in the hexahedral element for 3D analysis in HEXAFNT. The DATAFEM program has been revised to simplify data entry, and colour contour lines are now available in the CONTOUR1 program as well as contour bands in CONTOUR2.

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Excellent book for engineers the newbies and the experts to have a feeling about the Finite Elements and be able to create and recreate own programs and routines.

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This is not an aesy book to understand. A lot of the steps (both the equations and reasoning) are skipped in the development of the elements and method. It has very simplistic examples which hardly illustrates any real-world application, not even as a "patch test". FEM is a difficult topic to present, but I would recommend other, more fundamental numerical methods text books. 



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Tirupathi R. Chandrupatla" is Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey. He received the B.S. degree from the Regional Engineering College, Warangal, which was affiliated with Osmania University, India. He received the M.S. degree in design and manufacturing from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He started his career as a design engineer with Hindustan Machine Tools, Bangalore. He then taught in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at LLT, Bombay. He pursued his graduate studies in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin and received his Ph.D. in 1977. He subsequently taught at the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining Rowan, he was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at GMI Engineering & Management Institute (formerly General Motors Institute), where he taught for 16 years.

Dr. Chandrupatla has broad research interests, which include finite element analysis, design, optimization, and manufacturing engineering. He has published widely in these areas and serves as a consultant to industry. Dr. Chandrupatla is a registered Professional Engineer and also a Certified Manufacturing Engineer. He is a member of ASEE, ASME, NSPE, SAE, and SME.

"Ashok D. Belegundu" is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park. He was on the faculty at GMI from 1982 through 1986. He received the Ph.D. degree in 1982 from the University of Iowa and the B.S. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He was awarded a fellowship to spend a summer in 1993 at the NASA LewisResearch Center. During 1994-1995, he obtained a grant from the UK Science and Engineering Research Council to spend his sabbatical leave at Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK.

Dr. Belegundu's teaching and research interests include linear, nonlinear, and dynamic finite elements and optimization. He has worked on several sponsored projects for government and industry. He is an associate editor of "Mechanics of Structures and Machines." He is also a member of ASME and an Associate fellow of AIAA.

Ashok D. Belegundu has been a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, since 1986. Prior to this, he taught at GMI, now Kettering University, in Michigan. He received his B. Tech. degree from I.I.T. Madras and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He has been a principal investigator on research projects involving optimization for several agencies including the National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, NASA, SERC (UK), MacNeal-Schwendler Corporation, Gentex Corporation, and Ingersoll-Rand. He has organized two international conferences on optimization in industry and has authored or edited four books and written a chapter in a book. A detailed list of his publications and projects can be found at http: // He has advised more than fifty graduate students. He has given short courses on finite elements and optimization to the Forging Industry Association, Hazleton Pumps, Infosys (India). He has served as an associate editor for AIAA Journal and for Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines. He teaches a distance education course on optimal design through Penn State.

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