Chapter A. Introduction
Chapter A. Introduction
When performing a FE calculation of a structure, the modeling assumptions as well as the objectives must be defined. Those goals generally consist of solving:

the displacements caused by a static loading (permanent) quasistatic (without inertial effects) or dynamic (fastloading,)

internal state, such as stresses, damages inflicted (cracking, etc.)
Among the modeling hypotheses, it is preferable to handle chronologically:

the choice of the general formulation,

the dimensionality of the model,

the choice of the elements,

the definition of the interactions with the environment.
A1. A general formulation for linear elastic calculations
A1. A general formulation for linear elastic calculations
A2. The dimensionality of the model
A2. The dimensionality of the model
A3. The choice of the FE
A4. Interaction between the structure and its environment
A4. Interaction between the structure and its environment
A5. Estimation of the quality of the approximated numerical solution
A5. Estimation of the quality of the approximated numerical solution
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