Engineering stress analysis: a finite element approach with FORTRAN 77 software. This book is an attempt to combine in a single volume an outline of analytical techniques and a thorough grounding in the engineering approach to two-dimensional elastic finite element stress analysis. By way of an introduction to the computational techniques involved, a FORTRAN 77 program FIESTA1 is developed for the solution of a simple one-dimensional problem. A more advanced program FIESTA2 for solving two-dimensional problems is later developed, and a range of engineering applications is described. These programs are designed as a teaching aid to familiarise the reader with some of the typical features of a commercial package. par The book is written for students of stress analysis in the fields of mechanical, civil and aeronautical engineering. It is also hoped that practicing engineers wishing to update their knowledge of the subject will find the book of value. The reader should have already completed an elementary course in the mechanics of materials, otherwise known as the strength of materials. A basic knowledge of matrix algebra is assumed, and the reader is expected to have some previous experience of computer programming in FORTRAN 77. A number of problems for solution by the reader are included at the end of most chapters, and a list of references will be found at the end of the book for those wishing to explore the subject further.

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