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Series ISSN: 1939-5221
PRANTIL PAPADOPOULOS GESSLER LYING BY APPROXIMATION
MORGAN & CLAYPOOL
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ISBN: 978-1-62705-235-1
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S Y N T H E S I S L E C T U R E S O N E N G I N E E R I N G
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LYING BY APPROXIMATION
The Truth about Finite Element Analysis
Vincent C. Prantil
Christopher Papadopoulos
Paul D. Gessler
S Y N T H E S I S L E C T U R E S O N E N G I N E E R I N G
Stephen F. Barrett, SERIES EDITOR
SERIES EDITOR: Stephen F. Barrett,
University of Wyoming
LYING BY APPROXIMATION
The Truth about Finite Element Analysis
Vincent C. Prantil,
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Christopher Papadopoulos,
University of Puerto Rico, Mayag Ÿez
Paul D. Gessler,
Graduate Student, Marquette University
In teaching an introduction to the finite element method at the
undergraduate level, a prudent mix of theory and applications
is often sought. In many cases, analysts use the finite elementmethod to perform parametric
studies on potential designs to size parts, weed out less desirabledesign scenarios, and predict
system behavior under load. In this book, we discuss common pitfalls encountered by many finite
element analysts, in particular, students encountering the method for the first time. We present a
variety of simple problems in axial, bending, torsion, and shearloading that combine the students’
knowledge of theoretical mechanics, numerical methods, and approximations particular to the
finite element method itself. We also present case studies inwhich analyses are coupled with
experiments to emphasize validation, illustrate where interpretations of numerical results can
be misleading, and what can be done to allay such tendencies. Challenges in presenting the
necessary mix of theory and applications in a typical undergraduate course are discussed. We also
discuss a list of tips and rules of thumb for applying the method in practice.
Lying by Approximation
e Truth about Finite Element Analysis
Synthesis Lectures on
Engineering
Each book in the series is written by a well known expert in the field. Most titles cover subjects
such as professional development, education, and study skills, as well as basic introductory
undergraduate material and other topics appropriate for a broader and less technical audience.
In addition, the series includes several titles written on very specific topics not covered elsewhere
in the Synthesis Digital Library.
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2013
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Charles W. Dolan
2013
e Making of Green Engineers: Sustainable Development and the Hybrid Imagination
Andrew Jamison
2013
Crafting Your Research Future: A Guide to Successful Masters and Ph.D. Degrees in
Science & Engineering
Charles X. Ling and Qiang Yang
2012
Fundamentals of Engineering Economics and Decision Analysis
David L. Whitman and Ronald E. Terry
2012
A Little Book on Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide for Educators of Engineering and Applied
Science
Steven F. Barrett
2012
Engineering ermodynamics and 21st Century Energy Problems: A Textbook
Companion for Student Engagement
Donna Riley
2011

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