This updated, revised and extended edition gives a comprehensive introduction to the understanding and use of the finite element method as applied to structures. The text methodically covers all the important bridges in understanding up to and including the introduction of isoparametric elements.
Introduction. PJFRAME: pinjointed plane frames. PLFRAME: rigid/pinjointed frames. FEP: plane stress/plane strain finite element analysis. FEPB: bending of thin, flat plates. FEPLST: plane stress/strain finite element analysis using linear strain triangles. The linear isoparametric quadrilateral. The quadratic isoparametric quadrilateral. Further developments of programs. References. Appendix A: matrix algebra. Appendix B: energy methods of structural analysis. Appendix C: comments on BASIC used. References. Index.