Nonlinear Finite Element Methods (ASEN 6107)  Spring 2014 Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences University of Colorado at Boulder 


This is the public web site for the graduate course ASEN 6107: Nonlinear Finite Element Methods (NFEM). This doctoral and masterelective level course is part of the Aerospace Systems Focus Area of the graduate curriculum in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Normally offered every two years during the Spring semester (sometimes with 3 year gaps because of sabbaticals), both oncampus and remotely through CAETE. First taught in 1988. This website dates from 1999 and is continuously being revised. Related courses may be accessed at AFEM: Advanced Finite Element Methods (ASEN 6347) . Master & doctoral level AVVM: Advanced Variational Methods in Mechanics . Master and doctoral level (in preparation) FSI: Fluid Structure Interaction (ASEN 5509) . Advanced doctoral level IFEM: Introduction to Finite Element Methods (ASEN 5007) . Master & seniorelective level MFEMD: Matrix Finite Element Methods in Dynamics . Master & seniorelective level (in preparation) MFEMS: Matrix Finite Element Methods in Statics . Master & seniorelective level (in preparation) JSTR: Structures (ASEN 3112) . Junior undergraduate level General Course Information. Syllabus, coursework, schedule ... Web site under complete revision: please be patient! Note: Please do not download material until the link is marked with an asterisk (*) Part I: Fundamentals of Nonlinear Structural Analysis Chapter 1 Index. Overview. Only briefly covered Chapter 2 Index. A Tour of Nonlinear Analysis. Chapter 3 Index. Residual Force Equations. Chapter 4 Index. OneParameter Residual Equations. Chapter 5 Index. Critical Points and Related Properties. Chapter 6 Index. Conservative Systems. Part II: Total Lagrangian, Geometrically Nonlinear Finite Elements Chapter 7 Index. Review of Continuum Mechanics: Kinematics Chapter 8 Index. Review of Continuum Mechanics: Field Equations. Chapter 9 Index. TL Bar Elements: Formulation & Implementation. Chapter 10 Index. TL Bar Elements: Truss Analysis. Chapter 11 Index. The TL Plane Beam Element: Formulation. Chapter 12 Index. The TL Plane Beam Element: Implementation. Part III: Corotational, Geometrically Nonlinear Finite Elements Chapter 13 Index. CR Formulation Overview I. Chapter 14 Index. CR Formulation Overview II. Chapter 15 Index. Unified Kinematic Description: Space Bar. Chapter 16 Index. The CR Formulation: BE Plane Beam. Chapter 17 Index. Placeholder. Chapter 18 Index. Placeholder. Chapter 19 Index. Placeholder. Part IV: Solution Methods Chapter 20 Index. Overview of Solution Methods. Chapter 21 Index. Purely Incremental Methods: Load Control. Chapter 22 Index. Purely Incremental Methods: General Control. Chapter 23 Index. Purely Incremental Methods: Implementation. To be finished. Chapter 24 Index. Purely Incremental Methods: Benchmark Examples. Under construction. Chapter 25 Index. Conventional Newton Methods. Under renovation. Chapter 26 Index. Newton Methods: General Control and Variants. To be rewritten. Chapter 27 Index. Corrective Methods: Implementation. Under construction. Part V: Structural Stability Chapter 28 Index. Structural Stability: Basic Concepts. Chapter 29 Index. Linearized Prebuckling: Formulation. Chapter 30 Index. Linearized Prebuckling: Implementation. Chapter 31 Index. Linearized Prebuckling: Examples and Limitations. Chapter 32 Index. Qualitative Analysis of Critical Points. Chapter 33 Index. Nonlinear Bifurcation Analysis. Chapter 34 Index. Imperfections. Chapter 35 Index. Nonconservative Loading: Overview. Chapter 36 Index. Aero and Hydrodynamic Loading. Chapter 37 Index. Dynamic Stability: Formulation. Chapter 38 Index. Dynamic Stability: Examples. Appendices Appendix A Index. The Mathematics of Finite Rotations. Appendix B Index. Matrices for EICR Formulation. Appendix C Index. Choice of Best CR Fit Frame. Appendix D Index. CR Nomenclature. Appendix H Index. The C1 TL Beam. Appendix S Index. Accelerators and Line Search. Appendix T Index. Detecting and Traversing Critical Points. Appendix R Index. References. Old Chapters No Longer Covered Old Chapter 10 Index. Not to be covered Spring 2014. Old Chapter 11 Index. Not to be covered Spring 2014. Exam Material Exam Material Index. Midterm 2 posted Fr April 11 noon, due Th April 17. Final Exam posted Wed April 30 by 6pm.  
Last update: March 14, 2015.
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