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A Pragmatic Introduction to the Finite Element Method for Thermal and Stress Analysis: With the MATLAB Toolkit Sofea [Paperback]

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This textbook provides an accessible and self-contained description of the Galerkin finite element method for the two important models of continuum mechanics, transient heat conduction and elastodynamics, from formulation of the governing equations to implementation in Matlab. The coverage follows an intuitive approach: the salient features of each initial boundary value problem are reviewed, including a thorough description of the boundary conditions; the method of weighted residuals is applied to derive the discrete equations; and clear examples are introduced to illustrate the method.

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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Pages   278
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.92 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2006
Publisher   World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN  9812704116  
ISBN13  9789812704115  

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Very well written for intermediate FEA users and the free code produce commercial packages results.  Jan 17, 2009
I have been trying out many Finite Element Analysis (FEA) code and I have found SOFEA by accident. I have gone through some of the examples and found the results produced are very close to commercial package ANSYS. The step by step approach is very self explanatory. I managed to learn a lot more about FEA. However, I do recommend that you have some basic knowledge about MATLAB and little bit about programming before you can understand the code. Hope there is 2nd edition with a lot more examples. =)
Does not have any examples  Nov 29, 2008
The book is too narrow for a complex subject like FEM, it does not include good examples that can be used to complete the exercises at the end of the chapters, on top of that the book doesn't have any solutions, so there is no way to know if what you are doing is right or wrong. The SOFEA codes hardly run without modifications, if you are not a Matlab expert and do not understand the functions present in SOFEA you are doom, nothing is intuitive!

Don't waste your money on this if you are just starting with FEM!!!!!
Making sense of FEA internals.  Jul 18, 2008
So far, the SOFEA is the best MatLab code I've seen. Petr Krysl's book is done exceptionally well. His explanation is different from most and mentions several views or approaches to developing the FEA environment. Petr Krysl has a good eye for developing the presentation of a very difficult topic. In fact, this is the only one I've seen that takes the surface tensor approach up-front for evolving the theory. His commentary, after having seen/read many different approaches explaining it, instantly made the topic seem so much clearer. He acknowledges that the approach is known as the "Galerkin Method." I had, of course, seen the method covered in several other texts and courses but its coverage was so limited that I was just not able to "connect the dots."
What I like about the approach is it does not need to invent "artificial" analogies trying to tie the pieces together. Read the lead in of the Galerkin Method (Chap 1&2) twice, skim through the thermal, and then hit the meat of it all at least twice!! Bed time reading? - No way!! Have MatLab all fired up and ready to go for each elements test suite. It's the easiest way to grasp/learn MatLab and his code all at the same time. Too bad it's not the Xmas break; I'd use it as my annual self-training emersion course.

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