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FINITE-ELEMENT METHODSFINITE-ELEMENT METHODSFrom the basic principles given in preceding articles, systematic procedures have been developed for determining the behavior of a structure from a knowledge of the behavior under load of its components. In these methods, called finite-element methods, a structural system is considered an assembly of a finite number of finite-size components, or elements. These are assumed to be connected to each other only at discrete points, called nodes. From the characteristics of the elements, such as their stiffness or flexibility, the characteristics of the whole system can be derived. With …
Frederick S. Merritt; Jonathan T. Ricketts: Building Design and Construction Handbook, Sixth Edition. FINITE-ELEMENT METHODS, Chapter
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