Learning the Finite Element Method with MATLAB and GID


BEAMS is programs collection that applies the finite element method to the classic problem of bending of beams. The application of the FEM to the beams problem is interesting due the academic representation of concepts than can be easily understand and are apply in more complex problems such as plates and sheets.

The beams bending problem is described according to the classical theory of Euler Bernoulli slender beams, which diminish the shear deformation effect and makes use of C1 class shape functions. Also the problem is defined with C0 shape functions which correspond to Timoshenko’s beams theory that includes the shear strain effect.