The Finite Element Method - 7th Edition - ISBN: 9781856176309, 9780080950976

The Finite Element Method

7th Edition

Authors: Olek Zienkiewicz Robert Taylor
Hardcover ISBN: 9781856176309
eBook ISBN: 9780080950976
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 20th November 2013
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The Finite Element Method Set, 7th Edition is an extensive reference resource covering the theory and application of FEM in solid, structural and fluid systems. Taking in three books also available separately, the set is software independent and covers founding principles alongside the latest developments in mathematics, modeling and analysis.

Key Features

  • The Finite Element Method: Its Basis and Fundamentals, 7th Edition
  • The Finite Element Method for Solid and Structural Mechanics, 7th Edition
  • The Finite Element Method for Fluid Dynamics, 7th Edition


Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineers, applied mathematicians and computer aided engineering software developers

Table of Contents

The Finite Element Method: Its Basis and Fundamentals, 7th Edition

Table of contents:
Some Preliminaries: The Standard Discrete System; A Direct Physical Approach to Problems in Elasticity; Generalization of the Finite Element Concepts; Galerkin-Weighted Residual and Variational Approaches; 'Standard’ and ‘hierarchical’ Element Shape Functions: Some General Families of Continuity; Mapped Elements and Numerical Integration – ‘Infinite’ and ‘Singularity’ Elements; Two Dimensional Problems in Plane Stress, Plane Strain and Axisymmetric Elasticity; Steady-State Field Problems; Three-Dimensional Elasticity and Field Problems; Mesh Generation; The Patch Test; Mixed Formulation and Constraints – Complete Field Methods; Incompressible Materials; Mixed Formulation and Constraints; Errors, Recovery Processes and Error Estimates; Adaptive Finite Element Refinement; Point-Based Approximations – Meshless Methods; The Time Dimension – Semi-discretization of Field and Dynamic Problems and Analytical Solution Procedures; The Time Dimension – Discrete Approximation in Time; Coupled Systems; Computer Procedures for Finite Element Analysis; Matrix Algebra; Tensor-Indicial Notation in the Approximation of Elasticity Problems; Basic Equations of Displacement Analysis; Some Integration Formulae for a Triangle; Some Integration Formulae for a Tetrahedron; Some Vector Algebra; Integration by Parts in Two and Three Dimensions (Green’s Theorem); Solutions Exact at Nodes; Matrix Diagonalization or Lumping

The Finite Element Method for Solid and Structural Mechanics, 7th Edition

Table of contents:
General problems in solid mechanics and non-linearity; Galerkin method of approximation – irreducible and mixed forms; Solution of non-linear algebraic equations; Inelastic and non-linear materials; Geometrically non-linear problems – finite deformation; Material constitution in finite deformation; Treatment of constraints – contact and


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About the Author

Olek Zienkiewicz

O. C. Zienkiewicz was one of the early pioneers of the finite element method and is internationally recognized as a leading figure in its development and wide-ranging application. He was awarded numerous honorary degrees, medals and awards over his career, including the Royal Medal of the Royal Society and Commander of the British Empire (CBE). He was a founding author of The Finite Element Method books and developed them through six editions over 40 years up to his death in 2009.

Affiliations and Expertise

Finite element method pioneer and former UNESCO Professor of Numerical Methods in Engineering, Barcelona, Spain

Robert Taylor

R. L. Taylor is Emeritus Professor of Engineering and Professor in the Graduate School, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA.