An introduction to the Finite Element Method

  • J. J. I. M. van Kan
Part of the Mathematics and Its Applications book series (MAIA, volume 81)


The finite element method (FEM) has grown from a civil engineering tool into a general method for solving partial differential equations. In this area it beats its competitors: the finite difference method (FDM) and the finite volume method (FVM), in that it is better suited to deal with complex geometries and difficult boundary conditions. As opposed to that, it usually is more difficult to apply and the resulting sets of equations have a more complicated structure.


Finite Element Method Finite Difference Method Nodal Point Finite Volume Method Target Space 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. J. I. M. van Kan
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  1. 1.Faculty of Technical Mathematics and InformaticsDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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