The application of modern numerical methods of stress analysis to complex structures has become feasible owing to the availability of large high-speed digital computers; the paper describes one recently developed, powerful, and widely applicable method of stress analysis, the finite element method. The finite element method is rapidly becoming a versatile technique in general engineering analysis. Virtually any linear elastic problem is now capable of solution and the method can be extended to nonlinear problems such as creep and buckling. This method not only offers prospects for improvements in the analysis of critical components, such as occur in aircraft structures, but also gives promise of being economic to apply to a much wider area of engineering. The concept of the finite element method is discussed together with its scope and limitations, economics and future trends. Examples are presented of its application to a variety of engineering problems.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Eng & Shipbuilders in Scotland

    183 Bath Street
    7 Glasgow C2, ZZ Scotland   
  • Authors:
    • DIXON, J R
  • Publication Date: 1971

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 78-120
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 114
    • Issue Number: Pt 3

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00025600
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1973 12:00AM