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Continuum Mechanics Website

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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Bob McGinty
bmcginty@gmail.com
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.

Author   Bob McGinty, PhD, PE
Email    bmcginty@gmail.com



THIS WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. I expect it to take several more years to complete because I am also developing www.fracturemechanics.org. In the meantime, I welcome all input, suggestions, and contributions to improve its quality and usefulness.




Table of Contents

  1. INTRODUCTION

    1. Historical Background
    2. Divergence Theorem

  2. BASIC MECHANICS

    1. Stress
    2. Strain
    3. Hooke's Law
    4. Traction Vectors
    5. Equilibrium

  3. MINIMIZATION PRINCIPLES

    1. Minimization of Potential Energy
    2. Finite Element Mapping


Additional References

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.

Continuum Mechanics Website

Visit my sister website, www.continuummechanics.org, 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.

A Note About The Web Technologies Used Here

Two relatively new web technologies are used on these pages. The first is Scalable Vector Graphics, or SVG. Pages on this site will display SVG files in compatible browsers, and PNG files in incompatible ones. The advantage of SVG over PNG is that SVG graphics can be scaled to any size without pixelization occurring. SVG files used here were created using Inkscape, an excellent graphics program available free on the internet here.

The second new technology used here is MathJax, a Javascript based display engine for mathematical equations programmed in the LaTeX language. MathJax eliminates the need to display equations as GIF or PNG graphics files (or even SVG for that matter). MathJax requires only the following line of code in the <HEAD> segment of a webpage.

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://cdn.mathjax.org/mathjax/latest/MathJax.js?config=default"></script>

It is then possible to program any math expression in the HTML source using the LaTeX language. For example, typing \(\sigma_{ij}\) produces \( \sigma_{ij} \).

Bob McGinty
October 2016