Based on the Second Edition of Daryl Logans best-selling book, A First Course in the Finite Element Method, this new book replaces the Second Editions generic computer-based examples and problems with new ones based on the use of Algor, a popular FEM software package used by professionals and site-licensed by many leading engineering schools. Logan gears his text to undergraduate-level students who will use FEM and Algor to study practical physical problems of structural stress analysis and heat transfer.

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Daryl L. Logan is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Illinois -- Chicago. He has been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Tau Beta Pi - National Honor Society, and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He holds a Professional Engineer's License in the state of Indiana.

1. INTRODUCTION Prologue / Brief History / Introduction to Matrix Notation / Role of the Computer / General Steps of the Finite Element Method / Applications of the Finite Element Method / Advantages of the Finite Element Method / Computer Programs for the Finite Element Method / References / Problems 2. INTRODUCTION TO THE STIFFNESS (DISPLACEMENT) METHOD Introduction / Definition of the Stiffness Matrix / Derivation of the Stiffness Matrix for a Spring Element / Example of a Spring Assemblage / Assembling the Total Stiffness Matrix by Superposition (Direct Stiffness Method) / Boundary Conditions / Potential Energy Approach to Derive Spring Element Equations / References / Problems 3. DEVELOPMENT OF TRUSS EQUATIONS Introduction / Derivation of the Stiffness Matrix for a Bar Element in Local Coordinates / Selecting Approximation Functions for Displacements / Transformation of Vectors in Two Dimensions / Global Stiffness Matrix / Computation of Stress for a Bar in the x-y Plane / Solution of a Plane Truss / Transformation Matrix and Stiffness Matrix for a Bar in Three-Dimensional Space / Use of Symmetry in Structure / Inclined, or Skewed, Supports / Potential Energy Approach to Derive Bar Element Equations / Comparison of Finite Element Solution to Exact Solution for Bar / Galerkin's Residual Method and Its Application to a One-Dimensional Bar / References / Problems 4. ALGOR? PROGRAM FOR TRUSS ANALYSIS Introduction / Overview of the Algor system and Flowcharts for the Solution of a Truss Problem Using Algor / Algor Example Solutions for Truss Analysis / References / Problems 5. DEVELOPMENT OF BEAM EQUATIONS Introduction / Beam Stiffness / Example of Assemblage of Beam Stiffness Matrices / Examples of Beam Analysis Using the Direct Stiffness Method / Distributed Loading / Comparison of Finite Element Solution to Exact Solution for Beam / Beam Element with Nodal Hinge / Potential Energy Approach to Derive Beam Element Equations / Galerkin's Method to Derive Beam Element Equations / Algor Example Solutions for Beam Analysis / References / Problems 6. FRAME AND GRID EQUATIONS Introduction / Two-Dimensional Arbitrarily Oriented Beam Element / Rigid Plane Frame Examples / Inclined or Skewed Supports---Frame Element / Grid Equations / Beam Element Arbitrarily Oriented in Space / Concept of Substructure Analysis / Algor Example Solutions for Plane Frame, Grid, and Space Frame Analysis / References / Problems 7. DEVELOPMENT OF THE PLANE STRESS AND PLANE STRAIN STIFFNESS EQUATIONS Introduction / Basic Concepts of Plane Stress and Plane Strain / Derivation of the Constant-Strain Triangular Element Stiffness Matrix and Equations / Treatment of Body and Surface Forces / Explicit Expression for the Constant-Strain Triangle Stiffness Matrix / Finite Element Solution of a Plane Stress Problem / References / Problems 8. PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN MODELING; INTERPRETING RESULTS; AND USE OF THE ALGOR? PROGRAM FOR PLANE STRESS/STRAIN ANALYSIS Introduction / Finite Element Modeling / Equilibrium and Compatibility of Finite Element Results / Convergence of Solution / Interpretation of Stresses / Static Condensation / Flowchart for the Solution of Plane Stress/Strain / Problems and Typical Steps Using Algor / Algor Example Solutions for Plane Stress/Strain Analysis / References / Problems 9. DEVELOPMENT OF THE LINEAR-STRAIN TRIANGLE EQUATIONS Introduction / Derivation of the Linear-Strain Triangular Element Stiffness Matrix and Equations / Example LST Stiffness Determination / Comparison of Elements / References / Problems 10. AXISYMMETRIC ELEMENTS Introduction / Derivation of the Stiffness Matrix / Solution of an Axisymmetric Pressure Vessel / Applications of Axisymmetric Elements / Algor Example Solutions for Axisymmetric Problems / References / Problems 11. ISOPARAMETRIC FORMULATION Introduction / Isoparametric Formulation of the Bar Element Stiffness Matrix / Rectangular Plane Stress Element / Isoparametric Formulation of the Plane Element Stiffness Matrix / Gaussian Quadrature (Numerical Integration) / Evaluation of the Stiffness Matrix and Stress Matrix by Gaussian Quadrature / Higher-Order Shape Functions / References / Problems 12. THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRESS ANALYSIS Introduction / Three-Dimensional Stress and Strain / Tetrahedral Element / Isoparametric Formulation / Algor Example Solutions of Three-Dimensional Stress Analysis / References / Problems 13. HEAT TRANSFER AND MASS TRANSPORT Introduction / Derivation of the Basic Differential Equation / Heat Transfer with Convection / Typical Units; Thermal Conductivities, K; and Heat-Transfer Coefficients, h / One-Dimensional Finite Element Formulation Using a Variational Method / Two-Dimensional Finite Element Formulation / Line or Point Sources / One-Dimensional Heat Transfer with Mass Transport / Finite Element Formulation of Heat Transfer with Mass Transport by Galerkin's Method / Flowchart of a Heat-Transfer Program / Algor Example Solutions for Heat-Transfer Problems / References / Problems 14. FLUID FLOW Introduction / Derivation of the Basic Differential Equations / One-Dimensional Finite Element Formulation / Two-Dimensional Finite Element Formulation / Flowchart of a Fluid-Flow Program / Algor Example Solutions for Two-Dimensional Steady-State Fluid Flow / References / Problems 15. THERMAL STRESS Introduction / Formulation of the Thermal Stress Problem and Examples / Algor Example Solutions for Thermal Stress Problems / References / Problems 16. STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS AND TIME-DEPENDENT HEAT TRANSFER Introduction / Dynamics of a Spring-Mass System / Direct Derivation of the Bar Element Equations / Numerical Integration in Time / Natural Frequencies of a One-Dimensional Bar / Time-Dependent One-Dimensional Bar Analysis / Beam Element Mass Matrices and Natural Frequencies / Truss, Plane Frame, Plane Stress/Strain, Axisymmetric, and Solid Element Mass Matrices / Time-Dependent Heat Transfer / Algor Example Solutions for Structural Dynamics and Transient Heat Transfer / References / Problems 17. PLATE BENDING ELEMENT Introduction / Basic Concepts of Plate Bending / Derivation of a Plate Bending Element Stiffness Matrix and Equations / Some Plate Element Numerical Comparisons / Algor Example Solutions for Plate Bending Problems / References / Problems / APPENDIX A: MATRIX ALGEBRA / Introduction / Definition of a Matrix / Matrix Operations / Cofactor or Adjoint Method to Determine the Inverse of a Matrix / Inverse of a Matrix by Row Reduction / References / Problems / APPENDIX B: METHODS FOR SOLUTION OF SIMULTANEOUS LINEAR EQUATIONS / Introduction / General Form of the Equations / Uniqueness, Nonuniqueness, and Nonexistence of Solution / Methods for Solving Linear Algebraic Equations / Banded-Symmetric Matrices, Bandwidth, Skyline, and Wavefront Methods / References / Problems / APPENDIX C: EQUATIONS FROM ELASTICITY THEORY / Introduction / Differential Equations of Equilibrium / Strain/Displacement and Compatibility Equations / Stress/Strain Relationships / Reference / APPENDIX D: EQUIVALENT NODAL FORCES / Problems / APPENDIX E: PRINCIPLE OF VIRTUAL WORK / References / APPENDIX F: BASICS OF ALGOR? / Introduction / Hardware Requirements for Windows Installation / Conventions / Getting Around the Menu System / Function Keys / Algor Processor Names / File Extensions Generated by the Algor System / Checking Model for Defects by Using Superview / ANSWERS TO SELECTED PROBLEMS / INDEX

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