Historical development and discrete analysis

  • Olgierd C. Zienkiewicz
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 130)


Basis of discrete engineering analysis (e. g. structural mechanics) is:
  1. 1.

    Isolation of individual members (elements)

  2. 2.
    Establishment of two sets of quantities and associated with each element which have the property
    1. a)
      that if stands for global values
    2. b)

      that , gives the second physical requirement

    3. c)
      that for each element we can determine the relation


Finite Element Method Finite Difference Method Virtual Work Node Force Physical Requirement 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Olgierd C. Zienkiewicz
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WalesSwanseaUK

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