The Generalized Finite Element Method—State of the Art and Future Directions

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O. C. Zienkiewicz

Department of Civil Engineering, University College of Swansea, Swansea Wales, England

J. Appl. Mech 50(4b), 1210-1217 (Dec 01, 1983) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3167203 History: Received May 01, 1983; Online July 21, 2009


This contribution reviews the present status of computational procedures in mechanics and indicates some of the areas in which research is active. The generality of the finite element method is stressed as the all-embracing approximation procedure and attention is focused on the need for developing efficient measures of accuracy and adaptive procedures for achievement of a specified precision. Developments aimed at improving the overall efficiency of computation are highlighted and some new areas of application indicated.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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