Natural Element Method for the Simulation of Structures and Processes

Natural Element Method for the Simulation of Structures and Processes

Francisco Chinesta, Ecole Centrale of Nantes, France.
Serge Cescotto, ArGenCo, University of Liège, Belgium.
Elías Cueto, University of Saragossa, Spain.
Philippe Lorong, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Paris, France

ISBN : 9781848212206

Publication Date : January 2011

Hardcover 256 pp

99.95 USD



The Natural Element Method (NEM) is halfway between meshless methods and the finite element method.

This book presents a recent state of the art on the foundations and applications of the meshless natural element method in computational mechanics, including structural mechanics and material-forming processes involving solids and Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids.

The purpose of this text is to describe the natural element technique in its context, i.e. compared to the finite element-type techniques, which have proved reliable for many years, but also compared to other techniques with and without meshes. Both advantages and disadvantages of the technique have been listed. It has been written with a teaching purpose in mind, to be used by both professionals and students at Master’s level.


1. Introduction.
2. Basics of the Natural Element Method.
3. Numerical Aspects.
4. Applications in the Mechanics of Structures and Processes.
5. A Mixed Approach to the Natural Elements.
6. Flow Models.
7. Conclusion.

About the authors/editors

Francisco Chinesta is Professor of Computational Mechanics at the Ecole Centrale of Nantes in France and titular of the EADS Corporate Foundation International Chair on Advanced Modeling of Composites Manufacturing Processes.

Serge Cescotto is Professor at ArGenCo, University of Liège in Belgium.

Elías Cueto is Professor at the Aragon Institute of Engineering Research, University of Saragossa in Spain.

Philippe Lorong is Professor at Art et Métiers ParisTech, Paris in France .