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Title

Nonlinear Finite Element Methods
Author

Carlos A. Felippa
Organization: University of Colorado at Boulder
Department: Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Education level

Graduate
Objectives

Emphasizes treatment of geometric nonlinearities, applications to assessment of structural stability, nonlinear solution techniques, and basic computer implementation issues.
Materials

All course material online.
Description

A techical-elective advanced graduate course on the numerical solution of nonlinear structural problems by finite element methods.

This advanced course has been taught 5 times, every 2-3 years, since 1987. Web based since 1995. Computer part gradually converted from Fortran to Mathematica beginning 1996. Enrollment typically 15-25. Strongly positive feedback on Web use. Mixed reviews on switch to Mathematica, centered on limited availability.

Topics:
Course is divided into 5 parts, collectively covering a total of thirty-six 75-min lectures:
  • Overview
  • Formulation of Nonlinear Structural Problems
  • Solution of Nonlinear Equations
  • Structural Stability Analysis
  • Computer Implementation of Nonlinear FEM
Subject

*Engineering > Finite Element Methods
URL

http://caswww.colorado.edu/courses.d/NFEM.d