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


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

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