Combining finite and infinite elements: Why do we use infinite idealizations in engineering?
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This contribution sheds light on the role of infinite idealization in structural analysis, by exploring how infinite elements and finite element methods are combined in civil engineering models. This combination, I claim, should be read in terms of a ‘complementarity function’ through which the representational ideal of completeness is reached in engineering model-building. Taking a cue from Weisberg’s definition of multiple-model idealization, I highlight how infinite idealizations are primarily meant to contribute to the prediction of structural behavior in Multiphysics approaches.
KeywordsInfinite idealization Multiple-model idealization Engineering Finite element method Infinite element method
This research has been carried out under the Ramón y Cajal programme (RYC-2015-17289) sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO).
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