The aim of this book is to provide professional engineers and students of engineering with a sound working knowledge of the finite element method for engineering analysis and engineering design. This readable text will serve as a guide both to the method, and to its implementation in PAFEC (Program for Automatic Finite Element Calculations) software.
"The general layout of the book is clear and concise with the use of chapter summaries and conclusions being very good…At the end of each chapter there is a list of useful references, and the book finishes with an index, which is brief yet definitive…particular benefit to the new PAFEC user." - Vibration Digest
"This readable text will serve as a guide both to the method and to its implementation in PAFEC (Program for Automatic Finite Element Calculations) software." - INSPEC
Introduction. PAFEC-FE and the finite element method. PAFEC-FE - an overview. The structure of the PAFEC-FE data set. The finite element mesh. General problem solving strategy. PAFEC-FE elements and their constitutive equations. Two-and three-dimensional beam elements: framework analysis. Three-dimensional elements. Static displacement and stress analysis. Geotechnical engineering applications. Fracture mechanics analysis. Appendix A: PAFEC-FE operating notes. Appendix B: Useful addresses. References. Index.