Nonlinear finite elements
Welcome to this learning project about nonlinear finite elements!
Introduction Edit
Finite element analysis (FEA) is a computer simulation technique used in engineering analysis. It uses a numerical technique called the finite element method (FEM) to solve partial differential equations. There are many finite element software packages, both free and proprietary. Development of the finite element method in structural mechanics is usually based on an energy principle such as the virtual work principle or the minimum total potential energy principle. *
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 Department:Mechanical engineering
 Level: First year graduate
Content summary Edit
This is an introductory course on nonlinear finite element analysis of solid mechanics and heat transfer problems. Nonlinearities can be caused by changes in geometry or be due to nonlinear material behavior. Both types of nonlinearities are covered in this course.
Goals Edit
This learning project aims to.
 provide the mathematical foundations of the finite element formulation for engineering applications (solids, heat, fluids).
 expose students to some of the recent trends and research areas in finite elements.
Here's a short quiz to help you find out what you need to brush up on before you dig into the course:
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Textbooks Edit
 An Introduction to Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis by J. N. Reddy, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 019852529X.
 Nonlinear Finite Elements for Continua and Structures by T. Belytschko, W. K. Liu, and B. Moran, John Wiley and Sons, 2000.
 Computational Inelasticity by J. C. Simo and T. J. R. Hughes, Springer, 1998.
 The Finite Element Method: Linear Static and Dynamic Finite Element Analysis by T. J. R. Hughes, Dover Publications, 2000.
References Edit
 Finite Element Analysis:
 KJ. Bathe (1996), Finite Element Procedures, PrenticeHall. Useful repository of information on nonlinear finite elements.
 J. N. Reddy (1993), An Introduction to the Finite Element Method, McGrawHill. This book is referred to a number of times in one of the texts.
 O. C. Zienkiewicz and R. L. Taylor (2000), The Finite Element Method: Volume 2 Solid Mechanics, ButterworthHeinemann. Another excellent repository of information of nonlinear finite elements geared toward the Civil Engineers.
 J. Bonet and R. Wood (2008), Nonlinear Continuum Mechanics for Finite Element Analysis, Cambridge University Press. This is a particularly good reference for the general continuum mechanics and kinematics involved, with a detailed discussion on material nonlinearities.
 S. C. Brenner and L. R. Scott (2007), The mathematical theory of finite element methods, vol. 15 of Texts in Applied Mathematics, SpringerVerlag, Classical book on the mathematics foundation of finite element methods.
 Continuum Mechanics:
 R. M. Brannon (2004), Large Deformation Kinematics. An excellent introduction to kinematics.
 R. M. Brannon (2004), Rotation. Almost everything you ever wanted to know about rotations.
 A.J.M Spencer (2004), Continuum Mechanics, Dover Publications. An excellent introduction to continuum mechanics. You should own a copy for your personal library.
 L.E. Malvern (1969), Introduction to the Mechanics of a Continuous Medium, PrenticeHall. A good reference for continuum mechanics.
 Mathematics:
 R. M. Brannon (2004), Elementary Vector and Tensor Analysis for Engineers. This free online book is the best introduction I have seen for vector and tensor analysis for nonlinear mechanics.
 R. M. Brannon (2004), Curvilinear Coordinates. Very useful if you wish to follow the literature on the nonlinear deformation of shells.
 B. Daya Reddy (1998), Introductory Functional Analysis: With applications to boundary value problems and finite elements. , SpringerVerlag. Excellent book for engineers who want to understand the terminology used in the finite element literature and how error analysis is done.
 A.P.S. Selvadurai (2000), Partial Differential Equations in Mechanics 1,2. Springer. Excellent introductory text on partial differential equations with engineers in mind.
Reading List Edit
 Taylor, R.L., Simo, J.C., Zienkiewicz, O.C., and Chan, A.C.H, 1986, The patch test  a condition for assessing FEM convergence, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 22, pp. 3962.
 Simo, J.C. and VuQuoc, L., 1986, A threedimensional finite strain rod model. Part II: Computational Aspects, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 58, pp. 79116.
 Ibrahimbegovic, A., 1995, On finite element implementation of geometrically nonlinear Reissner's beam theory: Threedimensional curved beam elements, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 122, pp. 1126.
 Buchter, N., Ramm, E., and Roehl, D., 1994, Threedimensional extension of nonlinear shell formulation based on the enhanced assumed strain concept, Int. J. Numer. Meth. Engng., 37, pp. 25512568.
 Rouainia, M. and Peric, D., 1998, A computational model for elastoviscoplastic solids at finite strain with reference to thin shell applications, Int. J. Numer. Meth. Engng., 42, pp. 289311.