Finite-Element Analysis as a Design Toolby Kurt H. Gerstle, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
Junichiro Niwa, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
Abstract: This chapter covers the role of finite-element analysis in professional structural design. Past and present usage is covered lightly, with practice in a reputed design office as example. Some current issues of concern to professionally-oriented users are mentioned. Examples of finite-element use in the various stages of structural design are presented. Lastly, current and future trends toward more effective use of finite-element analysis in structural engineering are discussed.
Subject Headings: Finite element method | Structural design | Structural analysis | Computer software | Failure analysis | Engineering profession | Computer analysis
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