www.continuummechanics.org is my sister website.
It covers all the fundamental aspects of mechanics - stress, strain,
principal values, Hooke's Law, von Mises Stress, etc - in the presence
of finite deformations and rotations.
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if you have questions or comments.
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This website presents the fundamental principles of structural
finite element analysis (FEA), and includes many examples to
clarify these principles. It reviews basic linear elastic mechanics
that are the foundation of FEA, then proceeds to cover finite element
theory and applications.
THIS WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
I expect it to take several more years to complete because I am also developing
In the meantime, I welcome all input, suggestions, and contributions to
improve its quality and usefulness.
There are undoubtedly hundreds, probably even thousands, of books on FEA theory
and applications. Nevertheless, the two older books listed here are my
favorites - the first because of its comprehensiveness, and the second because
of its readability.
Visit my sister website,
for information on continuum mechanics. It covers all the fundamental aspects of
mechanics - stress, strain, principal values, Hooke's Law, von Mises Stress, etc
- in the presence of finite deformations and rotations. It is referenced numerous
times by this website to provide additional depth and explanation
of basic mechanics principles that support finite element theory.
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