Finite Element Analysis Applications - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128099520, 9780128103999

Finite Element Analysis Applications

1st Edition

A Systematic and Practical Approach

Authors: Zhuming Bi
eBook ISBN: 9780128103999
Paperback ISBN: 9780128099520
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 4th January 2018
Page Count: 520
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Finite Element Analysis Applications: A Systematic and Practical Approach strikes a solid balance between more traditional FEA textbooks that focus primarily on theory, and the software specific guidebooks that help teach students and professionals how to use particular FEA software packages without providing the theoretical foundation. In this new textbook, Professor Bi condenses the introduction of theories and focuses mainly on essentials that students need to understand FEA models. The book is organized to be application-oriented, covering FEA modeling theory and skills directly associated with activities involved in design processes.

Discussion of classic FEA elements (such as truss, beam and frame) is limited. Via the use of several case studies, the book provides easy-to-follow guidance on modeling of different design problems. It uses SolidWorks simulation as the platform so that students do not need to waste time creating geometries for FEA modelling.

Key Features

  • Provides a systematic approach to dealing with the complexity of various engineering designs
  • Includes sections on the design of machine elements to illustrate FEA applications
  • Contains practical case studies presented as tutorials to facilitate learning of FEA methods
  • Includes ancillary materials, such as a solutions manual for instructors, PPT lecture slides and downloadable CAD models for examples in SolidWorks


3rd and 4th year students in mechanical, structural, civil, and aerospace engineering. Practicing engineers learning finite element methods

Table of Contents

1. Overview of Finite Element Analysis Methods
2. Decomposition
3. Description of Elements
4. Elemental Modelling
5. System Analysis and Modelling
6. Solutions to System Models
7. Integrated Computer Design Environments
8. Solid Mechanics Problems
9. Heat Transfer Problem
10. Flow Dynamics
11. Multi-Physics Simulations
12. Verification and Validation


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About the Author

Zhuming Bi

Zhuming Bi, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at Indiana University Purdue University (Fort Wayne, IN, USA). He holds two Ph.D.'s, one in Mechatronics and Control from the Harbin Institute of Technology, and the other in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. Before moving to the US in 2009, Dr. Bi worked as a Research Scientist in various locations around the world, including the Northern Ireland Technology Centre at Queens University of Belfast, Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Institute of National Research Council of Canada, the School of Engineering Science of Simon Fraser University, and the College of Manufacturing Engineering at Nanjing University of Science and Technology in China. His research interests include finite element analysis, modelling and simulation, machine designs, robotics and automation, and enterprise systems. Dr. Bi has authored or co-authored 7 book chapters, 83 academic articles in international journals, and 45 papers in conference proceedings in these research areas. He has over 20 years of teaching and research experience in Finite Element Analysis.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, IN, USA

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