Finite Element Method
Published Online: 13 JUN 2008
Copyright © 2007 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering
How to Cite
Bathe, K.-J. 2008. Finite Element Method. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. 1–12.
- Published Online: 13 JUN 2008
The objective of this article is to give an overview of finite element methods that currently are used extensively in academia and industry. The method is described in general terms, the basic formulation is presented, and some issues regarding effective finite element procedures are summarized. Various applications are given briefly to illustrate the current use of the method. Finally, the article concludes with key challenges for the additional development of the method.
- finite elements;
- reliability and effectiveness;
- statics and dynamics;
- computer programs