Introduction — The Evolutive Finite Element Method

  • Yu-Qiu Long
  • Song Cen
  • Zhi-Fei Long


This chapter is an opening introduction to the entire book, and also an introduction to the evolutive Finite Element Method (FEM). Firstly, a brief review on the features of FEM is given. Then, a close relationship between FEM and variational principle is discussed according to the development history and categories of FEM. Thirdly, some research areas of FEM of significant interest are listed. Finally, the topics of the book are presented. The purpose of the above arrangement is to explain the background and main idea of this book.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu-Qiu Long
    • 1
  • Song Cen
    • 2
  • Zhi-Fei Long
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering, School of Civil EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Engineering Mechanics, School of AerospaceTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.School of Mechanics & Civil EngineeringChina University of Mining & TechnologyBeijingChina

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