1Introduction toSTRUCTURAL ANALYSIS USING FINITE ELEMENT PROGRAMSIntroductionComputer programs can simplify the analysis of complex structuresThe primary computer method of analysis uses “finite elements”Finite elements break down the structure into discrete (i.e. finite) elementsFinite Element Model
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2IntroductionFinite elements can be used for static and dynamic analyses of many types of structuresFinite ElementModel Showing Dynamic Response (Mode 18)IntroductionFinite elements can represent:Ail ld lt(itlt )•Axial load elements (i.e. truss elements)•Beam elements that resist moments, shear and axial loads (i.e. frame elements)•Plate and shell elements (used to model continuous structures such as walls)