3. Finite-Element Method

  1. W. J. Minkowycz2,
  2. E. M. Sparrow3 and
  3. J. Y. Murthy4
  1. Juan C. Heinrich

Published Online: 21 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470172599.ch3

Handbook of Numerical Heat Transfer, Second Edition

Handbook of Numerical Heat Transfer, Second Edition

How to Cite

Heinrich, J. C. (2000) Finite-Element Method, in Handbook of Numerical Heat Transfer, Second Edition (eds W. J. Minkowycz, E. M. Sparrow and J. Y. Murthy), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470172599.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MC 251), 842 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607-7022, USA

  2. 3

    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 111 Church Street, S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

  3. 4

    Purdue University, School of Mechanical Engineering, 1288 Mechanical Engineering Building, West Lafavette, IN 47907-1288, USA

Author Information

  1. University of New Mexico, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MSC01 1150, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 22 DEC 2000

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471348788

Online ISBN: 9780470172599



  • finite-element method (FEM);
  • linear interpolation function;
  • heat-flux terms;
  • finite-element solution;
  • natural boundary conditions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Fundamental Concepts

  • Isoparametric Elements and Numerical Integration

  • Time-Dependent Heat Diffusion

  • Convective Heat Transfer

  • Example of Application

  • References