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What about "The Finite Element Method: Linear Static and Dynamic Finite Element Analysis" by Thomas J. R. Hughes ? Just found it on Amazon. Anyone read that book? It's pretty cheap and seems to be rather comprehensive.

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He flips every stone and the notation & math in particular are way above average I'd say.

Right, I found some pretty interesting notation I've never seen before, for example, instead of writing [tex]\frac{d^2 u}{dx^2}[/tex] he uses [tex]u_{,xx}[/tex]. Perhaps the benefit of such notation will be seen later on in the book (?) ...

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I'm curious, are there any example problems? For me, understanding is far easier with detailed example problems. I've been looking for a good intro FE book for a long time and never found one I thought lived up to the word 'intro'. I also have Zienkiewicz but need a preliminary introduction before tackling it.

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Oden, Owen, Belytschko, etc could be a further reading, depending on your interest.I used Kikuchi (finite element methods in mechancis) in my class, which is ok for a beginner.

Fung and Tong (2001, classical and computational mechanics) give a good introduction to FEM (its introduction is very easy for anybody to understand) as well as a good introduction to solid mechanics. I now find any FEM book (so long as it can be published) gives good introduction actually, as grasping the basic computational aspect of FEM is not a big business.

If you have mastered the theory of FEM, you do not need another better introduction.What you need might be a FEM code by yourself (at least for solving a simple question even though there is a ready-made one).

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I'm curious, are there any example problems? For me, understanding is far easier with detailed example problems. I've been looking for a good intro FE book for a long time and never found one I thought lived up to the word 'intro'. I also have Zienkiewicz but need a preliminary introduction before tackling it.

Well, so far, there are various solved example problems, often about linear elastostatics and heat conduction.

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Brenner and Scott book is the best ever. It is a must if you are serious about finite elements.

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