This book describes current developments in finite element analysis and the design of certain types of thin-walled structures. The first three chapters lay the foundations for the development and use of finite elements for thin-walled structures, look at finite elements packages and discuss data input and mesh arrangements. The final four chapters use the finite element method to assist in the solution of thin-walled structure problems. Some of the problems solved include; water and air inflated structures; axisymmetric thin shells; ship structures and offshore structures. This book will be an interest to design engineers, researchers and postgraduates.
1. Finite Elements Available for the Analysis of Non-curved Thin-walled Structures, 2. The Availability of Finite Element Software for Use with Thin-walled Structures, 3. Detecting and Avoiding Numerical Difficulties, 4. The Analysis of Thin-walled Membrane Structures Using Finite Elements 5. Axisymmetric Thin 6 . Finite Element Analysis and the Design of Thin-walled Ship Structures, 7. Finite Element Analysis and Design of Thin-walled Structures in the Offshore Industry.