Finite-Element Method for Framed Structures

  • William WeaverJr.
  • James M. Gere


Matrix analysis of framed structures may be considered as a subset of the more general method of finite elements [1–4]. Any continuum can be partitioned into subregions called finite elements. These subregions are of finite size and usually have simpler geometries than the boundaries of the original continuum. Such a partitioning serves to convert a problem involving an infinite number of degrees of freedom to one with a finite number in order to simplify the solution process. Applications in solid mechanics consist of framed structures, two-and three-dimensional solids, plates, shells, and so on. One-, two-, and three-dimensional finite elements may be required for such analyses. However, the members of framed structures are relatively long compared to their cross-sectional dimensions, so only one-dimensional finite elements are needed to model them.


Stiffness Matrix Frame Structure Virtual Work Nodal Displacement Linear Differential Operator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William WeaverJr.
    • 1
  • James M. Gere
    • 1
  1. 1.Stanford UniversityUSA

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