MECH 516 Finite Elements Methods

3 semester hours

Introduction to the theory and application of finite element methods. Review of the fundamentals of analytical models, elasticity, and structural mechanics. Review of matrix theory and calculation of variations. General process for the development of a finite element solution. Derivations of basic elements, including those for trusses, plane stress and plane strain, beams, plates, and solids. Discussion of the issues of conformity and completeness. Higher order interpolation functions and isoparametric elements. Solutions and applications to problems in structural mechanics, heat transfer, structural dynamics, and elastic stability. Practical examples.

Lecture, 3 hours.

Senior or graduate standing required.

Majors only.

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