Title page for ETD etd-02102006-093821

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Sagi Venkata Naga, Suryanarayana Raju
URN etd-02102006-093821
Title Java Applet for Teaching Finite Element Analysis
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rojiani, Kamal B. Committee Chair
Plaut, Raymond H. Committee Member
Roberts-Wollmann, Carin L. Committee Member
  • finite element analysis
  • web based teaching
  • Java applets
Date of Defense 2006-02-03
Availability restricted
A Java applet is developed to interactively and dynamically illustrate the fundamental concepts of finite element analysis. An applet is a computer program written in the object-oriented Java programming language and is embedded in web pages. Java applets are well suited for delivering interactive graphical content over the Internet since they are platform and operating system independent. The applet developed includes a wide range of elements including one-dimensional truss and beam elements, triangular and quadrilateral plane stress and plane strain elements, and two-dimensional four-node and eight-node iso-parametric elements and plate elements. Along with the applet there is a series of web pages describing the fundamental concepts of finite element analysis, example problems and instructions for use. The applet provides a novel approach for teaching basic finite element analysis concepts. It provides students a means for checking their work, reinforces fundamental concepts learned in class, and enhances students’ learning experiences by allowing them to experiment by building and analyzing complex models and visualizing results as changes are made to the model. The applet can be used as supplementary material complementing classroom and textbook instruction.
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