University of Florida/Eml4500/f08.qwiki/Lecture 11

For a more thorough understanding of the Finite Element Method, it is wise to derive the element force displacement with respect to the global coordinate system.

Meeting 12

Recall from Page 6-1, (Equation 1) Note to self; make sure these are 4x4, 4x1, 4x1

Note to self: insert diagrams (2) and the matrices for kq=P

=axial displacement of element e at local node =axial force of element e at local node

The overall goal is to derive equation 1 from equation 2(already derived in Meeting 4) We want to find the relationship between:

  • and
  • and

The relationships can be expressed in the form:

Consider the displacement of local node i, denoted by : Note to self: make sure the i is enclosed by a square

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