The book is a guidance in learning finite element simulations. This textbook is designed mainly for graduate students and senior undergraduate students. It is designed for use in three kinds of courses: (a) as a first course of finite element simulation before you take any theory-intensive courses, such as Finite Element Methods, (b) as an auxiliary parallel tutorial in a course such as Finite Element Methods, or (c) as an advanced (in an application-oriented sense) course after you took a theoretical course such as Finite Element Methods.
4.德州阿靈頓大學Lawrence教授對本書的評語："It will be an extremely useful reference for students as well as practicing engineers. I feel it will be a very successful book." Lawrence是航太方面的資深教授，擁有多本著作，包括ANSYS Workbench Tutorial Release 11。
Features of the Book
The book covers extensive aspects of finite element simulations: geometry modeling and meshing; 2D and 3D; solid models, surface models, and line models; static and dynamic; implicit and explicit; linear and nonlinear; contact and material nonlinearities; design optimization, etc.
It uses step-by-step instructions to help guide readers to learn finite element simulations. It has been tried out on the author's classroom and is proved to be user-friendly.
Totally 27 cases are used in 45 hands-on exercises, each constitutes a section of a chapter; many of the cases are industrial or research projects. They are not too complicated so students can build from scratch and perform the simulations in an academic version of ANSYS Workbench 12. An accompanying DVD contains all the files readers may need if they have trouble.
Background knowledge is provided whenever necessary. To be efficient, the teaching methods are conceptual rather than mathematical, short, yet comprehensive. The last four chapters cover more advanced topics: structural dynamics, nonlinear simulations, nonlinear materials, and explicit dynamics; each chapter begins a section that gives the basics of that topic in a unique and efficient teaching approach to facilitate the subsequent learning.
Learn by Hands-ons.
A learning approach emphasizing hands-on experience spreads through the entire book. A typical chapter consists of 6 sections. The first two sections provide two step-by-step examples. The third section tries to complement the exercises by providing a more systematic view of the chapter subject. The following two sections provide more exercises. The final section provides review problems.
About the Author
Professor Lee has been working on finite element simulations for 30 years, including applications, software develoment, research, and teaching. He has been using ANSYS as an application and teaching platform for 20 years. He graduated from Department of Civil Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan in 1977 and was subsequently qualified as a Professional Engineer. With his P.E. license, he became a structural engineering practitioner as well as a software developer in Taipei. During that period, he and his partners had designed many high-rise buildings and developed several finite element analysis packages. He received his M.S. in 1984 and Ph.D. in 1989, both from University of Iowa, USA. After that, he started to work as a Research Scientist in the Industry-University Cooperated Research Center of the University of Iowa. One of his functions was to integrate commercial programs such as ANSYS with the programs developed by the center, creating new engineering capabilities to support the industrial members of the center. Today, Professor Lee is teaching in National Cheng Kung University, one of the most prestigious universities in Taiwan. Besides this book, he has authored two popular textbooks in Chinese-language, Engineering Analysis with ANSYS: Fundamentals and Concepts (2005) and Taguchi Methods: Principles and Practices of Quality Design (2008). He plays ping-pong every weekday and takes care his garden during weekends.