[SciPy-User] finite element packages

David Goldsmith d.l.goldsmith@gmail....
Fri Nov 20 11:10:21 CST 2009

Forgive me if you provided this in the previous thread, but, for reference,
what analytic model(s) (differential equations, presumably) are you using
that led you to elliptical functions?  Also, are you interested in modeling
transient (time-dependent) or steady-state (d/dt=0), stability-instability
transitions, oscillatory mode amplification and damping, etc.?  Finally, are
you comparing theory w/ experiment, i.e., do you also have experimental data
you're modeling and/or using to tweak your analytic models' parameters?


On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 8:48 AM, Young, Karl <karl.young@ucsf.edu> wrote:

> I'm trying to model a flexible flywheel (hence my question about Wierstrass
> elliptic functions a couple of weeks ago - thanks again for the helpful
> replies). I'm now trying to consider realistic models with elastic materials
> that go beyond my abilities to model analytically and figured I need to look
> at finite element models.
> I haven't used finite element packages and was wondering if anyone on the
> list had any recommendations, preferably scipythonic but I'm just curious
> generally about what people would consider using for a problem like this
> (i.e. a rotating flexible rope type problem). Thanks for any thoughts,
> -- Karl
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