VisualFEA is an easy-to-use but powerful finite element analysis program, full-fledged with pre- and post-processing capabilities. The program has a unique feature for computer-aided education of structural mechanics and finite element method. The educational functions cover a number of topics in the subjects. They are devised to enhance understanding of complex concepts and procedures through graphical simulation and visualization. The program is provided here as a teaching aid for instructors and as a practicing tool for students.

Computer-aided Education of Structural Mechanics and Finite Element Method Using VisualFEA

This video series introduces the computer-aided education of structural mechanics and finite element method using VisualFEA. The educational tools have been devised to promote understanding and interest in the subjects by substantiating the conceptual principles and visually exhibiting the complex computational processes with the aid of interactive computer graphics. In lieu of manipulation with pre-supplied conditions or the input of assumed data, the instructional tools are operated using data generated through a real and practical process of analysis. The educational functions can be used not only as teaching aids for instructors, but also as drill and practice tools for students.

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  • VisualFEA - Computer Program 

    Lee, Jae Young (2016-03-01)
    VisualFEA is an easy-to-use but powerful finite element analysis program, full-fledged with pre- and post-processing capabilities. The program has a unique feature for computer-aided education of structural mechanics and ...
  • 45 - Interpolation and Shape Function 

    Lee, Jae Young (2016-03-01)
    This screen demo introduces an educational function of VisualFEA, related to intra-element interpolation of nodal values using shape functions. This feature of the program is intended to help understand the nature of the ...
  • 34 - Representation of Elasto-plastic Behavior Using Yield Surface 

    Lee, Jae Young (2016-03-01)
    This screen demo will show how the elasto-plastic behavior can be represented by the yield surface under a given plastic yield criterion. In this demo, a quarter section of a plate with a hole was modeled as a plane strain ...
  • 31 - An example of plane strain case 

    Lee, Jae Young (2016-03-01)
    This screen demo shows the basic procedure of finite element analysis by VisualFEA, using a simple example of plane strain case. The preprocessing, solving and postprocessing stages are explained through the step-by-step ...
  • 44 - Processing of Finite Element Stiffness Equation: Plane strain case 

    Lee, Jae Young (2016-03-01)
    The function covers interactive simulation of assembling stiffness matrices and force vectors into the system equations, comparison of different assembly methods, and node and element numbering for the computational ...
  • 43 - Computation of Element Stiffness Matrix: Plane strain case 

    Lee, Jae Young (2016-03-01)
    This screen demo introduces an educational function of VisualFEA for teaching and learning the procedure of computing element stiffness matrices in finite element method. The step by step process of numerical integration ...
  • 33 - Representation of Elasto-plastic Behavior Using Mohrs Circle 

    Lee, Jae Young (2016-03-01)
    This screen demo shows how Mohr's circles can be used in representing the elasto-plastic behavior in finite element analysis. The transition of stress state from elastic to plastic is illustrated by the image of incremental ...
  • 32 - Mohrs Circle - Linear 

    Lee, Jae Young (2016-03-01)
    This video shows an educational function for teaching and learning the concept and usage of Mohr's circle in solid mechanics. A Mohr’s circle is drawn using the stresses at a point of a plane or a three dimensional solid ...
  • 41 - Computation of Element Stiffness Matrix 

    Lee, Jae Young (2016-03-01)
    A simple example of a frame model is presented to shows how to examine the computational details of the element stiffness matrix, using the educational function. The items of computation include the element stiffness matrix ...

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