Foreword

Carlos A. Brebbia

At first glance this book may appear to describe yet another highly specialised method applied to the solution of plate problems, namely the one the author calls Analog Equation Method (AEM). Nothing could be further from the truth. Professor Katsikadelis has instead presented for the first time a generalised and consistent BEM for all types of plate analysis. This has been possible only because of his brilliant interpretation of the principle of virtual work.

The first two introductory chapters set the basis for the subsequent treatment.

After having set up the basic principles of boundary elements (BEM) in an elegant and consistent manner in the first chapter, the reader acquires the necessary knowledge to understand ...

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