The Finite Element Method

  • Marcello Benedini
  • George Tsakiris
Part of the Water Science and Technology Library book series (WSTL, volume 70)


Apart from the finite difference method, the numerical calculus has developed other numerical methods for the integration of the differential equations, with the help of the advanced computing devices. The finite element method (FEM) is one of the most promising methods, which has been successfully applied to many engineering problems. For the water quality models, despite of some difficulties during the first steps of its application, the method gives good opportunities for stable and reliable solutions, especially when irregular river geometry requires a representation by discrete terms of various shapes and sizes. In this chapter, the FEM is applied to water quality problems of one dimension.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcello Benedini
    • 1
  • George Tsakiris
    • 2
  1. 1.Water Research InstituteArea Ricerca MontelibrettiRomeItaly
  2. 2.Laboratory of Reclamation Works and Water Resources ManagementNational Technical University of Athens School of Rural and Surveying EngineeringZografou, AthensGreece

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