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Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results

Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results

Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results

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I am compiling books which can help FE analysis engineers to validate their analysis results by reducing their problem to abstract problem and finding formulas for the abstract problem which these books provide for different possible scenarios(as a analogy consider beams with lot of different end conditions).

Since I mainly analyse Structures, the following list does not contain any fluids book. Your suggestions are required for Fluids book. I appreciate suggestions for both addition and deletion.

I know this list can become endless. Your help is needed to make the list comprehensive but concise. This list is for general engineering applications and not field specific. But I welcome any suggestions for field specific books to be included in list.

Structures- Static and Dynamics
1. Roark's Formulas for Stress and Strain by Warren Young and Richard Budynas
2. Stress Concentration factors(1974), Stress concentration design factors(1953) by R E Peterson/Peterson's Stress Concentration Factors by Walter D Pilkey and Deborah F Pilkey
3. Practical Stress Analysis in Engineering Design by Alexander Blake
4. Formulas for Natural Frequency and Mode Shape by Robert D. Blevins
5. Formulas for Dynamics, Acoustics and Vibration by Robert D. Blevins
6. Shell Stability Handbook by Samuelson and Eggwertz
7. Handbook of structural stability by Gerard and Becker(You can access these from NASA Technical Reports Server)
Part I Buckling of Flat Plates
Part II Buckling of Composite Elements
Part III Buckling of Curved Plates and Shells
Part IV Failure of Plates and Composite Elements
Part V Compressive Strength of Flat Stiffened Panels
Part VI Strength of Stiffened Curved Plates and Shells
8. Fundamentals of Metal Fatigue analysis by Bannantine, Comer and Handrock
9. Practical Fracture Mechanics in Design by Alexander Blake
10. Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design

RE: Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results

what about the NAFEMS benchmarks?

RE: Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results


Thank you for the reply and input.

Yes. NAFEMS benchmarks are good resource. But I guess they are primarily used for program/software evaluation/verification. Validation of analysis results on certain parameters using hand calculation of complex real life problem(FEA Model) is the main aim of compiling the book list.

Most of the problems we encounter are field specific. So I am inclined to add more books which are field specific and can be "good to have" tag with above list of "must have"s. I am not expert in every field so field specific suggestions are important and I welcome them.

Roark's Formulas for Stress and Strain-This is most comprehensive resource for any analyst as it covers very wide range of problems. I guess every analyst shall at least have this book irrespective of field s/he working in.

Civil/Structural Engineering
1. Civil Engineering Formulas by Tyler G. Hicks
2. Structural Engineering Formulas by Ilya Mikhelson and Tyler G. Hicks.
3. Design of welded structures by Omer W. Blodgett

Please suggest any addition or deletion.

RE: Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results

+1 for NAFEMS Benchmarks

Yes, they are primarily developed to test FEA codes, but they can also be an invaluable resource for self-teaching. E.g. when you need to attempt a new type of analysis that you haven't tried before (such as your first attempt at transient thermal analysis, with convection and radiation), start by tackling a relevant NAFEMS problem using the FEA software available to you. If nothing else, you should learn a lot about the traps and pitfalls, and if you are unable to replicate the NAFEMS result, you know you aren't ready to tackle your "real world" problem yet.


RE: Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results

There are free database of CFD experiments Link
For example backward facing step Case 053

RE: Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results


Thank you for the reply and input.

Yes. There is no doubt that NAFEMS benchmark and other NAFEMS publications are good resource. But I never used them due to unavailability. Instead I turned to textbooks and reference books which are readily available to me. For example, for my first problem of transient thermal analysis(conduction), I analysed solved problem from the book Heat transfer by Yunus Cengel to check whether input i am giving to analysis is correct or not and so the output. It may or may not be good approach but I had no other option but to use available resources. If one has an access to NAFEMS publications, it will be crucial resource to learn intricacies of analysis at the initial stages. For others, I guess, start with textbooks and reference books available.

Some more books to the "good to have" list. Please advise any addition or deletion.

Aerospace/Aircraft Engineering
1. Analysis and Design of Flight Vehicle Structures by E. F. Bruhn
2. Practical stress analysis for Design engineers by J C Flabel

RE: Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results


Thank you for the reply and input.

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Some more books-

Pressure vessel and Piping engineering
1. Pressure Vessel Design Manual- Dennis R Moss
2. Pressure Vessel design handbook by Henry H Bedner
3. Pressure Vessel Design Handbook by Eugene F Megyesy
3. Design of Piping Systems- The M W Kellogg Company

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thread378-189629: Basics of pipe stress analysis

This thread from the Pipelines, Piping and Fluid Mechanics engineering Forum contains comprehensive(and also extensive) book list By Mr John Breen for Piping stress analysis.

Many thanks to Mr John and others.

RE: Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results

Automotive Engineering
1. Handbook of Automotive Engineering
2. Bosch Automotive handbook
3. Fundamental of vehicle dynamics- Gillespie
4. An Introduction to Modern Vehicle Design-Edited by Julian Happian-Smith

I am not sure about the applicability of the above books since not working in this field. Automobile has no of components and to check each component via stress analysis, you need book on general machine design and specific component design book such as Suspension analysis may require Suspension design book as well. I do not find any comprehensive book containing formulas for all components. Any suggestions?

RE: Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results

CFD resources-

1. Fluid Mechanics by Frank M White
2. Fluid Mechanics by Cengel and Cimbala
3. Heat Transfer by Cengel
4. Autodesk CFD Verification Link
5. NPARC Alliance CFD Verification and Validation link
6. CFD-Online Link
7. Handbook of Fluid Dynamics edited by Richard W. Johnson
8. Heat Transfer by J P Holman
9. Particular CFD(Ansys Fluent, Abaqus etc)software verification and validation manuals

Since CFD analysis requires experimental data to validate the results, there are no empirical formulas available directly other than simple cases mentioned in books. If anyone know good resources for empirical relations, please share.

RE: Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results

Thank you for compiling this!

May I encourage you to prepare a FAQ when you are satisfied with your list?
If you need assistance with writing a FAQ, please don't hesitate to ask me!


RE: Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results


Thank you for the reply and input.

Yes. Definitely I will prepare the FAQ based on the above list and contact you if in need of assistance.

I want this list to be comprehensive and concise. But without any suggestions from fellow members this will be one sided affair. This may make the list as mere compilation of random books by NRP99.smile

RE: Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results

Books related to fatigue, fracture mechanics and creep which can be useful for Stress analysis.

1. The Stress Analysis of Cracks Handbook by Hiroshi Tada, Paul C. Paris and George R. Irwin
2. Handbook of Crack Opening Data by T.G.F. Gray
3. The Practical Use of Fracture Mechanics by David Broek
4. SAE Fatigue Design Handbook

These books can be handy for referring required data or for comparing experimental data available or validating analysis results.
1. Atlas of Fatigue curves edited by Howard E Boyer
2. Atlas of Stress-strain curves edited by Howard E Boyer
3. Atlas of Creep and Stress-rupture Curves edited by Howard E Boyer

RE: Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results

and Petersen for Kts, and Rooke and Cartwright for crack tip geometry factors (beta).

and this has morphed into a list of interesting books, not necessarily related to FE ... bigsmile

another day in paradise, or is paradise one day closer ?

RE: Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results


Thank you for input and reply. I will include your recommendation in list-
Compendium of Stress Intensity Factors by Rookie and Cartwright

But I feel otherwise about the list. The list should contain all books which can be quick reference for FE analysis result validation.

May be its time to stop adding books, otherwise this endless list itself will become a boring book which nobody will read.winksmile

Soon I will put up this list in FAQ.

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Could anyone suggest references for validation of FEA with metal plasticity.


RE: Book List: For validating FE analysis/CFD Analysis results


I think you need experimental data to validate the nonlinear analysis results, whether material, geometric or contact non linearity.

But look for books on plasticity such as The Mathematical Theory of Plasticity by R Hill and Computational methods for Plasticity-Theory and Applications by EA de Souza Neto, D Peri´c and DRJ Owen for reference only.

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