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I've got a background in engineering, having studied quite a bit of finite elements (mainly for solid mech) at university and am thinking of moving into FEA as a career. However, I've always found that, in spite of studying FE books at university and at home, I don't seem to really gain proficiency/confidence in applying the FEM to actual problems. So many factors come into play, e.g. choosing the right element, time-stepping, scaling, etc etc which are not covered in any books I know. Is this knowledge something that only comes with experience working on problems or does anyone know of any hints (specific books or just in general) that could help me in gaining the knowledge necessary for practical analysis in industry? Many thanks.

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# Gaining proficiency in FEM

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