5R2. The Finite Element Analysis of Shells: Fundamentals. Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics. - D Chapelle (INRIA-Rocquencourt, Le Chesnay, France) and K-J Bath (MIT, Cambridge MA). Springer-Verlag, Berlin. 2003. 330 pp. ISBN 3-540-41339-1. $79.95.

Reviewed by C Meyer (Dept of Civil Eng, Columbia Univ, 500 W 120th St, MC 4709, New York NY 10027-6699).

The modern theory of shells, which dates back to Love, more than one hundred years ago, has ever since been a major topic for applied mathematicians and engineers who don’t mind solving eighth-order partial differential equations. The introduction of the finite element method in the 1960s seemed to eliminate this need for mathematical astuteness, as practitioners could get the impression that a standard finite element software system would provide correct answers to just about any practical problem, without the need for a fundamental understanding of shell behavior...

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