Discrete Systems

  • Antonio J. M. FerreiraEmail author
  • Nicholas Fantuzzi
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 157)


In this chapter some basic concepts of the finite element method are illustrated by solving basic discrete systems built from springs and bars. Generation of element stiffness matrix and assembly for the global system is performed. First basic steps on finite element programs are described.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Engenharia MecânicaUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.DICAM DepartmentUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

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