A book containing all the best
practical FEA methods

Help the structural engineers in the learning of Finite Element Analysis


About the Book

"Practical Finite Element Analysis for Mechanical Engineers" is a book about the practical aspect of finite element analysis for structural engineers.

The objective is to offer the best practical methods and guidelines for the development and validation of finite element models.

It gives to the structural engineers the keys to developing accurate and reliable finite element models by avoiding the most frequent errors. It contains around 100 examples which illustrate the different modeling techniques.


This book is intended for all structural engineers wishing to solve problems using FEA, including both experienced engineers and students who want to know what FEA is, how it works, and how to use good modeling practices to develop accurate and reliable finite element models. The reader is assumed to have a basic understanding of physics and of statics and strength of materials, in particular, as a prerequisite to reading this book.

While there is much information in the published literature regarding the FEM theory, there is little on practical modeling techniques with FEA for mechanical engineers. Engineers often learn basic FEA rules from textbooks, but the vast majority learn FEA through years of experience developing finite element models.

In this book, I do not explain the reader how to use an FEA software, I present the best practical methods and guidelines for the development and validation of finite element models. My objective is to provide mechanical structural engineers with the keys to developing accurate and reliable finite element models by avoiding the most frequent errors.

I organized the book in such a way that the reader is not obliged to read this book from the first to the last page but is free to pick out information here and there according to their needs. Some information is repeated in various chapters intended to stand alone, while other information is limited to a single chapter that is referenced by others. However, I would recommend that if you are starting out in FEA that you read the entire book in chapter order to understand all the ins and outs.

In this first edition, I cover the static, buckling and modal analysis for linear and non-linear structural behaviors. In the second edition I will cover the analysis of composite structures and the dynamic analysis (frequency response and transient).

Table of Contents

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What you will learn in this Book?

Chapter 1 - Defining Finite Element Analysis

Introduction chapter to explain the reader what Finite Element Analysis is.

  • The methods to solve an engineering problem
  • The different numerical methods
  • What is a partial differential equation?
  • What is FEA?
Chapter 2 - Working with FEA
Chapter 3 - Becoming an FEA Specialist
Chapter 4 - The History of FEA
Chapter 5 - The Basis of FEM Theory
Chapter 6 - Defining Your FEA Strategy
Chapter 7 - The Library of Elements
Chapter 8 - Meshing
Chapter 9 - Setting Your Units
Chapter 10 - Material Modeling
Chapter 11 - Defining Loads & Boundary Conditions
Chapter 12 - Rigid Body Elements and Multi-Point Constraint
Chapter 13 - Modeling Bolted Joints
Chapter 14 - Modeling Contact
Chapter 15 - Submodeling
Chapter 16 - Validating & Correlating Your FEA
Chapter 17 - Understanding FEA Outputs
Chapter 18 - Improving Your Performance Computing
Chapter 19 - Documenting Your FE Analysis
Chapter 20 - Linear Static Analysis
Chapter 21 - Non-Linear Static Analysis
Chapter 22 - Linear Buckling Analysis
Chapter 23 - Non-Linear Buckling Analysis
Chapter 24 - Normal Mode Analysis
Chapter 25 - Good Modeling Practices
100+ Practical Examples


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