Finite Element Analysis: A Primer

  • 3h 16m
  • A. V. Kulkarni, S. M. Musa, V. K. Havanur
  • Mercury Learning
  • 2014

Today, the finite element method (FEM) has become a common tool for solving engineering problems in many industries for the obvious reasons of its versatility and affordability. This book contains materials applied to mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and physics. It is written primarily as a simple introduction to the practice of FEM analysis in engineering and physics. It contains many 1D and 2D problems solved by the analytical method, by FEM using hand calculations, and by using ANSYS®, COMSOL®, and MATLAB® software. Results of all the methods have been compared.


  • Includes a comparison of solutions to the problems obtained by the analytical method, FEM hand calculations, and the software method
  • Includes over 35 solved problems using software applications such as MATLAB, COMSOL, and ANSYS
  • Careful, balanced presentation of theory and applications

About the Authors

Dr. SARHAN MUSA holds a PhD in electrical engineering and is currently an associate professor in the engineering technology department at Prairie View A&M University, Texas.

ANAND V. KULKARNI is a professor of mechanical engineering with over twenty-two years of teaching experience. His areas of research interests are the Finite Element Method, and solid mechanics.

V. K. HAVANUR is an instructor in mechanical engineering with nine years of experience in teaching and industry. His area of research interest is the Finite Element Method and fracture mechanics.

In this Book

  • Finite Element Analysis—A Primer
  • About the DVD
  • Preface
  • Mathematical Preliminaries
  • Introduction To Finite Element Method
  • Finite Element Analysis of Axially Loaded Members
  • Finite Element Analysis Trusses
  • Finite Element Analysis of Beams
  • Stress Analysis of a Rectangular Plate with a Circular Hole
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Fluid Flow Analysis
  • Dynamic Analysis
  • Engineering Electromagnetics Analysis
  • Color Figure