Interpretation of Finite Element Procedure as Stress Error Minimization Procedure

by Leonard R. Herrmann, (M.ASCE), Chm. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of California, Davis, CA,


Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 5, Pg. 1330-1336


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: The purpose of this technical note is to illustrate and analyze the fact that the minimization of the potential of complementary energy is entirely equivalent to the minimization of a particular measure of error for the approximate stress field.

Subject Headings: Stress analysis | Energy measurement | Errors (statistics) | Finite element method

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