LIMITATIONS OF THE FINITE ELEMENT METHOD IN STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS

Limitations associated with the application of the finite element method to practical engineering problems are highlighted, and their implications are discussed in relation to the analysis of bridge and building structures. The main limitations are those associated with cost, complexity, convergence problems and approximations, computer storage requirement, and associated communication problems. The examination of problems related to the analysis of bridge and building structures gives details of the initial considerations, data preparation, the analysis, and output interpretation.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper available in the proceedings of the seminar on Bridge Analysis and Design ($15.75), held during the PTRC Summer Annual Meeting, July 8-12, 1974, at the University of Warwick, England.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Planning and Transport Res and Computation Co Ltd

    167 Oxford Street
    London W1R 1AH,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Hinton, E
  • Publication Date: 1974-7

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  • Accession Number: 00096495
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: PTRC/P/111 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 13 1975 12:00AM