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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning (31 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156690160X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566901604
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 17.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,480,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Nov 2002
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This is the book you need if you want to learn about FEA or brush up your skills. Unlike other books, whole chapters are not devoted to the mechanics of forming and solving equations. There's the basic theory of stress analysis that you need to interpret FEA results and thats about it on the maths/theory side. Even this is explained clearly without pages of formula derivation. The book explains the differences between linear and non-linear analysis and under which circumstances they should be used. It also lists the pros and cons of different element types and how to go about generating CAD models for FEA. Topics such as constraints, loading and symmetry are all explained clearly. In short, this is the book I wish I had when I started using FEA.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 1999
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I had wanted a book of this nature for over a year. While you still probably need to refer to a theoretical book for explanations, this book minimizes the searching you need to do. This book is for users for FE. I found it very interesting and practical. The authors have written from their experiences and this makes the book worth reading. As a last note, this book also explains the causes of some of the error messages produced by commercial software.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A book for real FE users - at last! 22 Jan 1999
By Rod Giles ( - Published on
Format: Paperback
Building better products with FEA presents an alternative to the highly mathematical treatments that are normally associated with this topic. With a minimum of mathematical formulae and plenty of practical examples, the novice analyst can gain a thorough understanding of the techniques and know-how that is required to perform a successful analysis. In addition the book concentrates on the fundamental reason for FEA: to enable the designer to understand how his product behaves and to go on to make better designs.
The book starts by giving an overview of the common types of classical engineering analysis including, free body diagrams, moments of inertia, stress and strain, beam theory, failure theories and dynamic analysis. After this introduction there is no more mathematics to be found in the book. The next chapter discusses the capabilities and limitations of both h-element and p-element codes. The critical distinction between correctness and accuracy is also made clear.
In part 2 the basic types of modelling are covered with plenty of examples showing how in practical terms the modelling should be carried out. The effect of choosing different constraint systems is clearly demonstrated. There is an extremely useful section on how to build CAD models that are "Finite Element friendly"; something that is rarely discussed in other works. In chapter 8 boundary conditions are discussed in more detail and good use is made of example models showing how different constraint systems affect the answer; sometimes very dramatically. The techniques necessary for a successful part optimisation are covered, from concept design selection through fine tuning to local sensitivity analysis.
In part 3 more complex analysis issues are tackled, including joints, welds & press-fits. Non- linear, modal and dynamic analysis are covered briefly but in sufficient detail for the analyst to get started in these difficult fields.
The final part of the book covers how to choose the correct FEA system for your needs and how to successfully integrate finite element analysis into the design process. Hardware requirements are discussed in general terms. Finally some predictions are made for the future of structural analysis.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to designers and analysts who wish to get the most out of their analysis. It distils many years of finite element expertise into a highly readable book which should be on the shelf of all product designers who use, or wish to use, finite element analysis tools. It should also be read by engineering managers who wish to appreciate the potential pitfalls of FEA, and so fully reap the benefits rather than getting 'pretty pictures'.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Eric Fong - Published on
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I have never come across such a book that puts FEA which is such a complex subject in to simple layman terms and explanations. I am working in a CAD/CAM company for 10 years and with this book, I have laid for myself a very strong foundation in FEA which I dare not touch. I strongly recommend this book to anyone (beginner or expert) to take a look at this impressive book.
To the authors : Well done and keep it coming !
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great Book for a FEA Beginner 11 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
The other reviews have said it all.
After graduating from college as a Mechanical Engineer, I was hired to do FEA in a very large company. We hadn't covered FEA at all during my undergraduate courses. I needed to learn what FEA was about pronto.
The book was great reading from first page to last. Minimal math, great explanation of concepts . It won't step you through how to do it in Pro-E or I-DEAS, but will give you the understanding you need to figure out your CAD package.
Great job!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Must Read for FEA users 13 July 2000
By Ram - Published on
Format: Paperback
WOW ! I have been using FEA for sometime now and this book has given me more insight into; not only using various softwares in the market today, but also the theoretical aspects involved with modeling and analysis. I have had the book for sometime, but never got a chance to read it until recently, but once I started, I read it from cover to cover and the best part is, its for everyone, beginner, intermediate or expert.....
Read it! It is time well spend
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A must-have book for a design engineers 12 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am an Applications Engineer for one of the major FEA software companies. I am recommending this book to all the customers and CAD vendors I encounter. There is truly nothing else like it. Too often FEA books are written by academics for academic purposes. Adams and Askenazi make their points with hundreds of real world examples. It is crystal clear that they have "been in the trenches" solving real world problems. Their insight is superb: I've been doing FEA for 12 years and I learned a lot from this book.
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