The purpose of this new edition of the book is again to provide a simple, basic approach to the finite element method that can be understood by both undergraduate and graduate students without the usual prerequisites (such as structural analysis) required by most available texts in this area. The book is written primarily as a basic learning tool for the undergraduate student in civil and mechanical engineering whose main interest is in stress analysis and heat transfer. However, the concepts are presented in sufficiently simple form
so that the book serves as a valuable learning aid for students of other backgrounds, as well as for practicing engineers. The text is geared toward those who want to apply the finite element method to solve practical physical problems.
General principles are presented for each topic, followed by traditional applications of these principles, which are in turn followed by computer applications where relevant. This approach is taken to illustrate concepts used for computer analysis of large-scale problems.