Finite-Element Analysis as a Design Tool

by Kurt H. Gerstle, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,
Junichiro Niwa, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Finite Element Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures II


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 | Computer software | Failure analysis | Engineering profession | Computer analysis | Structural failures | Forecasting | Structural analysis

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