Programming Finite Elements in Java™

  • Gennadiy Nikishkov

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Finite Element Formulation

  3. Finite Element Solution

  4. Mesh Generation

  5. Visualization of Meshes and Results

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Pages 313-323
    3. Pages 333-342
    4. Pages 353-362
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 377-402

About this book


The finite element method (FEM) is a computational technique for solving problems which are described by partial differential equations or which can be formulated as functional minimization. The FEM is commonly used in the design and development of products, especially where structural analysis is involved. The simple object model of the Java™ programming language lends itself to efficient implementation of FEM analysis.

Programming Finite Elements in Java™ teaches the reader FEM algorithms and their programming in Java™ through a single finite element Java™ program. The compact, simple code makes it straightforward to understand the algorithms and their implementation, thereby encouraging developers to extend the code to their own tasks. All of the main aspects of finite element techniques are considered:

• finite element solution;

• generation of finite element meshes; and

• visualization of finite element models and results with Java 3D™.

The step-by-step presentation includes algorithm programming and code explanation at each point. Problems and exercises are provided for each chapter, with Java™ source code and problem data sets available from

Graduate students using the FEM will find the simple but detailed object-oriented programming methods presented in this textbook to be of great assistance in understanding the FEM, including mesh generation and visualization. Programming Finite Elements in Java™ will also be of interest to senior undergraduates doing special studies encompassing the FEM. Researchers and practicing engineers already familiar with the FEM but seeking an alternative approach will find this book readily suited to self study.


Java Java 3D Spring Transformation algorithm algorithms linear optimization model object-oriented programming programming sets visualization

Authors and affiliations

  • Gennadiy Nikishkov
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of AizuAizu-WakamatsuJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84882-971-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84882-972-5
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