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NAFEMS | Additional Theoretical Notes | Additional Finite Element Analysis References

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NAFEMS was founded in 1983 and has the following objectives:

  • To promote the safe and reliable use of finite element and related technology. To this end, much effort has been concentrated on developing standard "Benchmarks" on which finite element codes can be tested. NAFEMS publishes the results of these benchmarks which have been adopted as a method of improving and verifying the numerical accuracy of codes
  • To increase the awareness of capabilities, benefits and important limitations of analysis tools with a strong seminar programme and through the pages of BENCHmark, its quarterly magazine.

NAFEMS produce a number of good quality education & training documents. In particular, the following titles from their "primer" book series come highly recommended and will be of interest to both newcomers and advanced users alike - also to those wishing to extend their knowledge in new areas of FE modelling.

  • Guidelines to Finite Element Analysis
  • A Finite Element Primer
  • A FE Dynamics Primer
  • Intro to Nonlinear FE Analysis

There are also smaller pamphlets available with titles including "Why do Finite Element Analysis?", How to Understand FE Jargon", "How to Model with Finite Elements" and "How to Interpret Finite Element Results".

The NAFEMS Organisation Prints Numerous Application Dependent Papers, a list of which can be found at:

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Additional Theoretical Notes

ic_logo.gif (2417 bytes)From 1989 until his death in 2002 Professor Mike Crisfield   held the research chair of the FEA Professor of Computational Mechanics at the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College, London. He conducted world renowned research and was recognised as an eminent authority on nonlinear structural mechanics. His research led to a number of ground-breaking facilities being included into the range of LUSAS software products which have been documented in numerous books and papers, and specifically the following two books:

  • Crisfield, M. A.
    Non-linear Finite Element Analysis of Solids and Structures, Vol. 1 Essentials
    J. Wiley & Sons, New York, 1991, 345 pp., 1997
    ISBN 0-471-92956-5, 0-471-97059
  • Crisfield, M. A.
    Non-linear Finite Element Analysis of Solids and Structures, Vol. 2 Advanced Topics
    J. Wiley & Sons, New York, 1997, 494 pp.
    ISBN 0-471-95649-X

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Additional Finite Element Analysis References

The following books are more "weighty" in their content - dealing with the subject of finite element analysis comprehensively yet in a very readable manner:

  • An Introduction To Finite Element Computations
    E.Hinton, D.R.Owen
    Pineridge Press, 1979
    ISBN: 0-906674-06-9
  • Concepts And Applications Of Finite Element Analysis (3rd Edition)
    Robert D. Cook
    John Wiley And Sons, 1989
    ISBN: 0471847887
  • Finite Element Procedures
    Klaus-Jurgen Bathe
    Prentice Hall, 1996
    ISBN: 0-13-301458-4
  • The Finite Element Method, 4th Edition
    Volume 1: Basic Formulation And Linear Problems
    O.C.Zienkiewicz And R.L.Taylor
    McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1989
    ISBN: 0-07-084174-8

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