Global Displacements

The Making of Uneven Development in the Caribbean

Author: Marion Werner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118941969

Category: Science

Page: 232

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Challenging the main ways we debate globalization, GlobalDisplacements reveals how uneven geographies of capitalistdevelopment shape—and are shaped by—the aspirations andeveryday struggles of people in the global South. Makes an original contribution to the study of globalization bybringing together critical development and feminist theoreticalapproaches Opens up new avenues for the analysis of global production as along-term development strategy Contributes novel theoretical insights drawn from the everydayexperiences of disinvestment and precarious work on people’slives and their communities Represents the first analysis of increasing uneven developmentamong countries in the Caribbean Calls for more rigorous studies of long accepted notions of thegeographies of inequality and poverty in the global South

Introduction to Finite Element Analysis Using MATLAB® and Abaqus

Author: Amar Khennane

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1466580216

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 487

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There are some books that target the theory of the finite element, while others focus on the programming side of things. Introduction to Finite Element Analysis Using MATLAB® and Abaqus accomplishes both. This book teaches the first principles of the finite element method. It presents the theory of the finite element method while maintaining a balance between its mathematical formulation, programming implementation, and application using commercial software. The computer implementation is carried out using MATLAB, while the practical applications are carried out in both MATLAB and Abaqus. MATLAB is a high-level language specially designed for dealing with matrices, making it particularly suited for programming the finite element method, while Abaqus is a suite of commercial finite element software. Includes more than 100 tables, photographs, and figures Provides MATLAB codes to generate contour plots for sample results Introduction to Finite Element Analysis Using MATLAB and Abaqus introduces and explains theory in each chapter, and provides corresponding examples. It offers introductory notes and provides matrix structural analysis for trusses, beams, and frames. The book examines the theories of stress and strain and the relationships between them. The author then covers weighted residual methods and finite element approximation and numerical integration. He presents the finite element formulation for plane stress/strain problems, introduces axisymmetric problems, and highlights the theory of plates. The text supplies step-by-step procedures for solving problems with Abaqus interactive and keyword editions. The described procedures are implemented as MATLAB codes and Abaqus files can be found on the CRC Press website.

A Primer for Finite Elements in Elastic Structures

Author: W. F. Carroll,William F. Carroll

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471283454

Category: Science

Page: 494

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A thorough guide to the fundamentals--and how to use them--offinite element analysis for elastic structures For elastic structures, the finite element method is an invaluabletool which is used most effectively only when one understandscompletely each of its facets. A Primer for Finite Elements inElastic Structures disassembles the entire finite element methodfor civil engineering students and professionals, detailing itssupportive theory and its mathematical and structuralunderpinnings, in the context of elastic structures and theprinciple of virtual work. The book opens with a discussion of matrix algebra and algebraicequation systems to foster the basic skills required tosuccessfully understand and use the finite element method. Keymathematical concepts outlined here are joined to pertinentconcepts from mechanics and structural theory, with the methodconstructed in terms of one-dimensional truss and framework finiteelements. The use of these one-dimensional elements in the earlychapters promotes better understanding of the fundamentals.Subsequent chapters describe many two-dimensional structural finiteelements in depth, including the geometry, mechanics,transformations, and mapping needed for them. Most chapters end with questions and problems which review the textmaterial. Answers for many of these are at the end of the book. Anappendix describes how to use MATLAB(r), a popularmatrix-manipulation software platform necessary to perform the manymatrix operations required for the finite element method, such asmatrix addition, multiplication, inversion, partitioning,rearrangement, and assembly. As an added extra, the m-filesdiscussed can be downloaded from the Wiley FTP server.

Finite Elements for Analysis and Design

Author: J. E. Akin

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 9780120476541

Category: Finite element method

Page: 548

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The finite element method (FEM) is an analysis tool for problem-solving used throughout applied mathematics, engineering, and scientific computing. Finite Elements for Analysis and Design provides a thoroughlyrevised and up-to-date account of this important tool and its numerous applications, with added emphasis on basic theory. Numerous worked examples are included to illustrate the material.

Programming the Finite Element Method

Author: I. M. Smith,D. V. Griffiths,L. Margetts

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118535928

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 688

View: 1252

Many students, engineers, scientists and researchers havebenefited from the practical, programming-oriented style of theprevious editions of Programming the Finite Element Method,learning how to develop computer programs to solve specificengineering problems using the finite element method. This new fifth edition offers timely revisions that includeprograms and subroutine libraries fully updated to Fortran 2003,which are freely available online, and provides updated material onadvances in parallel computing, thermal stress analysis, plasticityreturn algorithms, convection boundary conditions, and interfacesto third party tools such as ParaView, METIS and ARPACK. Asin the previous editions, a wide variety of problem solvingcapabilities are presented including structural analysis,elasticity and plasticity, construction processes in geomechanics,uncoupled and coupled steady and transient fluid flow and linearand nonlinear solid dynamics. Key features: • Updated to take into account advances in parallelcomputing as well as new material on thermal stressanalysis • Programs use an updated version of Fortran 2003 • Includes exercises for students • Accompanied by website hosting software Programming the FiniteElement Method, Fifth Edition is an ideal textbook forundergraduate and postgraduate students in civil and mechanicalengineering, applied mathematics and numerical analysis, and isalso a comprehensive reference for researchers and practitionersemstyle="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"./em Further information and source codes described in this text canbe accessed at the following web sites: • ahref="" for the serial programs from Chapters 4-11 • the parallel programs from Chapter 12

The 4th International Workshop on Structural Control

Author: Andrew Smyth,Raimondo Betti

Publisher: DEStech Publications, Inc

ISBN: 9781932078459

Category: Intelligent control systems

Page: 314

View: 600

This new book presents the most up-to-date research and applications on sensing technologies to monitor and control the structure and health of buildings, bridges, installations, and other constructed facilities.

Smart Structures

Innovative Systems for Seismic Response Control

Author: Franklin Y. Cheng,Hongping Jiang,Kangyu Lou

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781420008173

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 672

View: 3305

An innovative concept, smart structural systems have proven to be extremely effective in absorbing damaging energy and/or counteracting potentially devastating force, thus limiting structural collapse and subsequent injury. As this technology rapidly evolves, there is an ever-increasing need for an authoritative reference that will allow those in the field to stay abreast of the very latest advances. Smart Structures: Innovative Systems for Seismic Response organizes current research and technology to provide researchers and practicing engineers, as well as advanced students, with the means to learn about and apply the very latest smart structure innovations. Key features include— Complete mathematical formulations and numerical procedures for topics presented New technologies Design guidelines and examples based on current official codes Consideration of smart structures on a variety of foundations Discussion of the use of smart structures with passive or semi-active devices Extensive references Designed for self-teaching, the text emphasizes essential information on structural formulations, mechanism of control systems, and numerical algorithms. It also provides step-by-step numerical examples to illustrate mathematical formulations and interpret physical representations, enabling readers to understand the forumulae vis-à-vis their applications. Each chapter comprehensively explores a specific topic, from smart structure systems currently in use, to case studies utilizing simulated earthquake data.

Twelve Lectures on Structural Dynamics

Author: André Preumont

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400763832

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 305

View: 3918

This text addresses the modeling of vibrating systems with the perspective of finding the model of minimum complexity which accounts for the physics of the phenomena at play. The first half of the book (Ch.1-6) deals with the dynamics of discrete and continuous mechanical systems; the classical approach emphasizes the use of Lagrange's equations. The second half of the book (Ch.7-12) deals with more advanced topics, rarely encountered in the existing literature: seismic excitation, random vibration (including fatigue), rotor dynamics, vibration isolation and dynamic vibration absorbers; the final chapter is an introduction to active control of vibrations. The first part of this text may be used as a one semester course for 3rd year students in Mechanical, Aerospace or Civil Engineering. The second part of the text is intended for graduate classes. A set of problems is provided at the end of every chapter. The author has a 35 years experience in various aspects of Structural dynamics, both in industry (nuclear and aerospace) and in academia; he was one of the pioneers in the field of active structures. He is the author of several books on random vibration, active structures and structural control.

Continuum Mechanics

Elasticity, Plasticity, Viscoelasticity

Author: Ellis H. Dill

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1420009826

Category: Science

Page: 368

View: 3624

Most books on continuum mechanics focus on elasticity and fluid mechanics. But whether student or practicing professional, modern engineers need a more thorough treatment to understand the behavior of the complex materials and systems in use today. Continuum Mechanics: Elasticity, Plasticity, Viscoelasticity offers a complete tour of the subject that includes not only elasticity and fluid mechanics but also covers plasticity, viscoelasticity, and the continuum model for fatigue and fracture mechanics. In addition to a broader scope, this book also supplies a review of the necessary mathematical tools and results for a self-contained treatment. The author provides finite element formulations of the equations encountered throughout the chapters and uses an approach with just the right amount of mathematical rigor without being too theoretical for practical use. Working systematically from the continuum model for the thermomechanics of materials, coverage moves through linear and nonlinear elasticity using both tensor and matrix notation, plasticity, viscoelasticity, and concludes by introducing the fundamentals of fracture mechanics and fatigue of metals. Requisite mathematical tools appear in the final chapter for easy reference. Continuum Mechanics: Elasticity, Plasticity, Viscoelasticity builds a strong understanding of the principles, equations, and finite element formulations needed to solve real engineering problems.

III European Conference on Computational Mechanics

Solids, Structures and Coupled Problems in Engineering: Book of Abstracts

Author: C. A. Mota Soares,J.A.C. Martins,H.C. Rodrigues,Jorge A.C. Ambrosio,C.A.B. Pina,C.M. Mota Soares,E.B.R. Pereira,J. Folgado

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402053703

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 788

View: 4146

III European Conference on Computational Mechanics: Solids, Structures and Coupled Problem in Engineering Computational Mechanics in Solid, Structures and Coupled Problems in Engineering is today a mature science with applications to major industrial projects. This book contains the edited version of the Abstracts of Plenary and Keynote Lectures and Papers, and a companion CD-ROM with the full-length papers, presented at the III European Conference on Computational Mechanics: Solids, Structures and Coupled Problems in Engineering (ECCM-2006), held in the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal 5th - 8th June 2006. The book reflects the state-of-art of Computation Mechanics in Solids, Structures and Coupled Problems in Engineering and it includes contributions by the world most active researchers in this field.

Computational Methods for Reinforced Concrete Structures

Author: Ulrich Häußler-Combe

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 3433603634

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 354

View: 8547

The book covers the application of numerical methods to reinforced concrete structures. To analyze reinforced concrete structures linear elastic theories are inadequate because of cracking, bond and the nonlinear and time dependent behavior of both concrete and reinforcement. These effects have to be considered for a realistic assessment of the behavior of reinforced concrete structures with respect to ultimate limit states and serviceability limit states. The book gives a compact review of finite element and other numerical methods. The key to these methods is through a proper description of material behavior. Thus, the book summarizes the essential material properties of concrete and reinforcement and their interaction through bond. These basics are applied to different structural types such as bars, beams, strut and tie models, plates, slabs and shells. This includes prestressing of structures, cracking, nonlinear stressstrain relations, creeping, shrinkage and temperature changes. Appropriate methods are developed for each structural type. Large displacement and dynamic problems are treated as well as short-term quasi-static problems and long-term transient problems like creep and shrinkage. Most problems are illustrated by examples which are solved by the program package ConFem, based on the freely available Python programming language. The ConFem source code together with the problem data is available under open source rules at The author aims to demonstrate the potential and the limitations of numerical methods for simulation of reinforced concrete structures, addressing students, teachers, researchers and designing and checking engineers.

Spatial Temporal Patterns for Action-Oriented Perception in Roving Robots

Author: Paolo Arena,Luca Patanè

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540884645

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 429

View: 4843

The basic principles guiding sensing, perception and action in bio systems seem to rely on highly organised spatial-temporal dynamics. In fact, all biological senses, (visual, hearing, tactile, etc.) process signals coming from different parts distributed in space and also show a complex time evolution. As an example, mammalian retina performs a parallel representation of the visual world embodied into layers, each of which r- resents a particular detail of the scene. These results clearly state that visual perception starts at the level of the retina, and is not related uniquely to the higher brain centres. Although vision remains the most useful sense guiding usual actions, the other senses, ?rst of all hearing but also touch, become essential particularly in cluttered conditions, where visual percepts are somehow obscured by environment conditions. Ef?cient use of hearing can be learnt from acoustic perception in animals/insects, like crickets, that use this ancient sense more than all the others, to perform a vital function, like mating.

Guidelines for the Use of Advanced Numerical Analysis

Author: David Potts

Publisher: Thomas Telford

ISBN: 9780727731258

Category: Mathematics

Page: 177

View: 5275

It is not easy for engineers to gain all the skills necessary to perform numerical analysis. This book is an authoritative guide that explains in detail the potential restrictions and pitfalls and so help engineers undertake advanced numerical analysis. It discusses the major approximations involved in nonlinear numerical analysis and describes some of the more popular constituitive models currently available and explores their strengths and weaknesses. It also discusses the determination of material parameters for defining soil behaviour, investigates the options for modelling structural components and their interface with the soil and the boundary conditions that are appropriate in geotechnical analysis and the assumptions implied when they are used. Guidelines for the use of Advanced Numerical Analysis also provides guidelines for best practice of specific types of soil-structure interaction that are common in urban development and discusses the role of benchmarking exercises. This authoritative book will be invaluable to practising engineers involved in urban development. It will also be useful tool for geotechnical and structural engineers.

Super Resolution of Images and Video

Author: Aggelos Konstantinos Katsaggelos,Rafael Molina,Javier Mateos

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers

ISBN: 1598290843

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 134

View: 7210

Authors Katsaggelos, Molina, and Mateos present in a systematic way the building blocks of the Bayesian framework, which is also used as a reference in reviewing and comparing Super Resolution (SR) approaches which have appeared in the literature. This work should serve as a reference to the graduate student who would like to work in this area, to the practicing engineer, and scientists applying some of the tools and results to other related problems.The authors present a case that there is a strong relationship between the tools and techniques developed for SR and a number of other inverse problems encountered in signal processing (e.g., image restoration, and motion estimation). SR techniques can also be an integral part of an image and video codec and they can drive the development of new coder-decoders (codecs) and standards.

The Finite Element Method for Mechanics of Solids with ANSYS Applications

Author: Ellis H. Dill

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439845840

Category: Science

Page: 508

View: 8053

While the finite element method (FEM) has become the standard technique used to solve static and dynamic problems associated with structures and machines, ANSYS software has developed into the engineer’s software of choice to model and numerically solve those problems. An invaluable tool to help engineers master and optimize analysis, The Finite Element Method for Mechanics of Solids with ANSYS Applications explains the foundations of FEM in detail, enabling engineers to use it properly to analyze stress and interpret the output of a finite element computer program such as ANSYS. Illustrating presented theory with a wealth of practical examples, this book covers topics including: Essential background on solid mechanics (including small- and large-deformation elasticity, plasticity, and viscoelasticity) and mathematics Advanced finite element theory and associated fundamentals, with examples Use of ANSYS to derive solutions for problems that deal with vibration, wave propagation, fracture mechanics, plates and shells, and contact Totally self-contained, this text presents step-by-step instructions on how to use ANSYS Parametric Design Language (APDL) and the ANSYS Workbench to solve problems involving static/dynamic structural analysis (both linear and non-linear) and heat transfer, among other areas. It will quickly become a welcome addition to any engineering library, equally useful to students and experienced engineers alike.

Wonder and Exile in the New World

Author: Alex Nava

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271063297

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 4791

In Wonder and Exile in the New World, Alex Nava explores the border regions between wonder and exile, particularly in relation to the New World. It traces the preoccupation with the concept of wonder in the history of the Americas, beginning with the first European encounters, goes on to investigate later representations in the Baroque age, and ultimately enters the twentieth century with the emergence of so-called magical realism. In telling the story of wonder in the New World, Nava gives special attention to the part it played in the history of violence and exile, either as a force that supported and reinforced the Conquest or as a voice of resistance and decolonization. Focusing on the work of New World explorers, writers, and poets—and their literary descendants—Nava finds that wonder and exile have been two of the most significant metaphors within Latin American cultural, literary, and religious representations. Beginning with the period of the Conquest, especially with Cabeza de Vaca and Las Casas, continuing through the Baroque with Cervantes and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and moving into the twentieth century with Alejo Carpentier and Miguel Ángel Asturias, Nava produces a historical study of Latin American narrative in which religious and theological perspectives figure prominently.