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Concepts and applications of finite element analysis
Cook, Robert D. (Robert Davis)
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Wiley, [2001]

Physical Description:
xvi, 719 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Previous ed. authored by Robert D. Cook, David S. Malkus, Michael E. Plesha.
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This book has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect developments since the third edition, with an emphasis on structural mechanics. Coverage is up-to-date without making the treatment highly specialized and mathematically difficult. Basic theory is clearly explained to the reader, while advanced techniques are left to thousands of references available, which are cited in the text.

Author Notes

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 (Wiley, 1995) and Advanced Mechanics of Materials (2nd Edtion, Prentice Hall, 1999, with Warren C. Young).

David S. Malkus received his Ph.D. from Boston University in 1976. He spent two years at the National Bureau of Standards and seven years in the Mathematics Department of Illinois Institute of Technology. He is now Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the Univrersity of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests concern application of the finite element method to problems of structural and continuum mechanics, in particular the flow of non-Newtonian fluids. He is a member of the Rheology Research Center (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and the Society of Rheology.

Michael E. Plesha received his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University, the Ph.D. degree in 1983. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1983 where he is Professor of Engineering Mechanics. His research areas include constitutive modeling and finite element analysis of contact-friction problems, transient finite element analysis, and discrete element methods.

Robert J. Witt received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. He is now an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests are in computational methods of fluid and solid mechanics, with particular application to nuclear systems.

Table of Contents

One-Dimensional Elements, Computational Procedures
Basic Elements
Formulation Techniques: Variational Methods
Formulation Techniques: Galerkin and Other Weighted Residual Methods
Isoparametric Elements
Isoparametric Triangles and Tetrahedra
Coordinate Transformation and Selected Analysis Options
Error, Error Estimation, and Convergence
Modeling Considerations and Software Use
Finite Elements in Structural Dynamics and Vibrations
Heat Transfer and Selected Fluid Problems
Constaints: Penalty Forms, Locking, and Constraint Counting
Solid of Revolution
Plate Bending
Nonlinearity: An Introduction
Stress Stiffness and Buckling
Appendix A Matrices: Selected Definition and Manipulations
Appendix B Simultaneous Algebraic Equations
Appendix C Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors