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By David V. Wallerstein

ISBN-10: 0471395935

ISBN-13: 9780471395935

An insightful exam of the numerical tools used to advance finite aspect tools A Variational method of Structural research offers readers with the underpinnings of the finite aspect procedure (FEM) whereas highlighting the facility and pitfalls of digital equipment. In an easy-to-follow, logical layout, this ebook provides entire insurance of the primary of digital paintings, complementary digital paintings and effort tools, and static and dynamic balance recommendations. the 1st chapters organize the reader with initial fabric, introducing intimately the variational procedure utilized in the ebook in addition to reviewing the equilibrium and compatibility equations of mechanics. the subsequent bankruptcy, on digital paintings, teaches how you can use kinematical formulations for the selection of the necessary pressure relationships for immediately, curved, and skinny walled beams. The chapters on complementary digital paintings and effort equipment are problem-solving chapters that include Castigliano's first theorem, the Engesser-Crotti theorem, and the Galerkin strategy. within the ultimate bankruptcy, the reader is brought to varied geometric measures of pressure and revisits immediately, curved, and skinny walled beams via studying them in a deformed geometry. according to approximately 20 years of labor at the improvement of the world's such a lot used FEM code, A Variational method of Structural research has been designed as a self-contained, single-source reference for mechanical, aerospace, and civil engineering pros. The book's trouble-free kind additionally offers obtainable guideline for graduate scholars in aeronautical, civil, mechanical, and engineering mechanics classes.

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2 GENERALIZED COORDINATES If a mechanical system consists of a finite number of material points or rigid bodies, its configuration (or position) can be specified by a finite number of real vector quantities (say, N ) or, equivalently, 3N scalar quantities. For example, the position of a rigid sphere that is free to move in space can be described by six variables: namely, the translational Cartesian coordinates of the center of the sphere and the three rotational coordinates usually represented by some form of Euler angle system [20].

9) For two-dimensional problems, the above constitutive equation can take two forms.

5) The first integral in Eq. 5) therefore represents the total internal virtual work dU. The remaining two integrals represent the virtual work of the applied body forces and surface forces denoted by dW e . Then, Eq. 6) Thus we may state the following: A deformable system is in equilibrium if the total external virtual work is equal to the total internal virtual work for every virtual displacement consistent with the constraints. Starting with the equations of equilibrium, we have proved the necessary conditions for the principle of virtual work.

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