A Finite Element Method Primer for Mechanical Design – Charles E. Knight – 1st Edition

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Finite Element Method is a powerful tool for evaluating the mechanical properties of a design, and this is a companion to a conventional textbook. A Finite Element Method Primer for was written to be a supplementary text for the junior course in a traditional mechanical engineering curriculum. The intent is to introduce the finite element method in the context of .

Emphasis is on the practical aspects of proper , checking, and interpretation of results. Theoretical aspects are introduced as they are needed to help understand the operation. The text covers truss, beam/frame, and two dimensional solid engineering structures. This text is basically an excerpt from The Finite Element Method in Mechanical Design.

For the first course in Finite Element taken by mechanical, civil, aerospace, and other engineering majors at junior or senior level. Excellent applicaitons drawn from mechanical/aeronautical engineering. Provides enough theory for students to work with Finite Element Analysis (FEM) without bogging down in details unrelated to practical engineering

Knight provides exactly the coverage of FEM needed in a free-standing supplementary book. Knights coverage of FEM relates directly to mechanical engineering, and is supported by mechanical engineering examples and case studies.

Table of Contents

THE FINITE ELEMENT METHOD
1.1 General Overview
1.2 One-Dimensional Spring System
1.3 Using a Computer Program
References

TRUSSES
2.1 Direct Element Formulation
2.2 The Finite Element Model
2.3 The Analysis Step
2.4 Output Processing and Evaluation
2.5 Case Study
2.6 Closure
Problems
References

BEAMS AND FRAMES
3.1 Element Formulation
3.2 The Finite Element Model
3.3 Output Processing and Evaluation
3.4 Case Study
3.5 Closure
Problems
References

TWO-DIMENSIONAL SOLIDS
4.1 Element Formulation
4.2 The Finite Element Model
4.3 Computer Input Assistance
4.4 The Analysis Step
4.5 Output Processing and Evaluation
4.6 Case Study
4.7 Closure
Problems
References

APPENDIX
Using FEPC, FEPCIP, and FEPCOP
Entering the Model in FEPCIP
The Analysis by FEPC
Graphic Results Using FEPCOP
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