The Finite Element Method in Structural and Continuum Mechanics – O. C. Zienkiewicz – 1ra Edición


The enginner of the present day is faced with solving structural and other of growing complexity. Classical mathematics, despite its everincreasing sophistication, is capable of solving only severely idealized situations while placing at the same time a heavy burden on his skilled time, which could more usefully be employed in the process of design.

Fortunately, the rapid development of digital computers, with a progressively grater capacity and a decreasing of performing arithmetical operations, has come to his recue, allowing the use of relatively simple numerical formulations and revolutionizing his approach to the process of analysis.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Structural stiffness analisys
Chapter 2: Finie elements of a continuum
Chapter 3: Plane stress and plane strain
Chapter 4: Axi-symmetric stress analysis
Chapter 5: Some improved elements in two-dimensional problems
Chapter 6: Three-dimensional stress analysis
Chapter 7: Bending of plates
Chapter 8: Shells as an assembly of flat elements
Chapter 9: Axi-symmetric shells
Chapter 10: Field problems-heat conduction, seepage flow, etc.
Chapter 11: Eigenvalue problems-vibration and stability
Chapter 12: Non-linear problems-plasticity, creep, and large deformations
Chapter 13: Combined problems
Chapter 14: Further developments
Chapter 15: Computation methods and computer program

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