Most books discuss the theory and computational procedures of finite elements (FE). In the past this was necessary, but today's software packages make FE accessible to users who knows nothing to the theory or of how FE works. People are now using FE software packages as black boxes', without knowing the dangers of poor modeling, the need to verify that results are reasonable, or that worthless results can be convincingly displayed. Therefore, it is important to understand the physics of the problem, how elements behave, the assumptions and restrictions of FE implementations, and the need to assess the correctness of computed results.
Robert D. Cook
John Wiley & Sons Inc
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29 December 1994
A / AS level
Bars and Beams: Linear Static Analysis. Plane Problems. Isoparametric Elements and Solution Techniques. Modeling, Errors, and Accuracy in Linear Analysis. Solids and Solids of Revolution. Plates and Shells. Thermal Analysis. Vibration and Dynamics. Nonlinearity in Stress Analysis. References. Index.
Robert D. Cooke received his Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechancis from the University of Illinois in 1963. Since then he has been at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is now a professor in the Department of Engineering Physics. His interests include stress analysis and finite element methods. In addition to the present book, he is author of Finite Element Modeling for Stress Analysis and Advanced Mechanics of Materials.