This course provides an introduction to the study of mechanics using the finite element method. Topics include the stiffness method, stationary principles, the Rayleigh-Ritz method, displacement-based elements, isoparametric formulation, and coordinate transformation. A general purpose finite element analysis package will be used for computer project assignments. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to utilize general purpose commercial code to solve linear two- and three-dimensional problems in statics and vibrations.

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