Finite Element Analysis of Solids and Structures combines the theory of elasticity (advanced analytical treatment of stress analysis problems) and finite element methods (numerical details of finite element formulations) into one academic course derived from the author’s teaching, research, and applied work in automotive product development as well as in civil structural analysis.
Gives equal weight to the theoretical details and FEA software use for problem solution by using finite element software packages
Emphasizes understanding the deformation behavior of finite elements that directly affect the quality of actual analysis results
Reduces the focus on hand calculation of property matrices, thus freeing up time to do more software experimentation with different FEA formulations
Includes chapters dedicated to showing the use of FEA models in engineering assessment for strength, fatigue, and structural vibration properties
Features an easy to follow format for guided learning and practice problems to be solved by using FEA software package, and with hand calculations for model validation
This textbook contains 12 discrete chapters that can be covered in a single semester university graduate course on finite element analysis methods. It also serves as a reference for practicing engineers working on design assessment and analysis of solids and structures.