The Finite Element Method

  • Bruce Archambeault
  • Omar M. Ramahi
  • Colin Brench


The Finite Element Method (FEM) is a numerical technique used to solve partial differential equations by transforming them into a matrix equation. The primary feature of FEM is its ability to describe the geometry or the media of the problem being analyzed with great flexibility. This is because the discretization of the domain of the problem is performed using highly flexible nonuniform patches or elements that can easily describe complex structures.


Finite Element Method Laplace Equation Triangular Element Boundary Node Absorb Boundary Condition 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Archambeault
    • 1
  • Omar M. Ramahi
    • 2
  • Colin Brench
    • 2
  1. 1.IBM CorporationUSA
  2. 2.Digital Equipment CorporationUSA

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