# Category Archives: Finite Element Analysis

## Scipy linear algebra functions in Excel

The file pyLinAlgfuncs3.zip has open source Python code allowing the Scipy linear algebra functions to be called from Excel using the pyxll add-in. It also includes all the Python code to perform LU decomposition, as discussed in the previous post., … Continue reading

## LU Decomposition with Python and Scipy

This post was prompted by a question at the Eng-Tips forum: LU Decomposition which asked why Mathcad was generating LU matrices different to those calculated from the basic theory. The short answer was that there is more than one way … Continue reading

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## Secondary moments in prestressed beams with FEA-2

Following the first post in this series, this post compares friction losses in prestressing cables as defined in the Australian Concrete Structures Code (AS 3600), compared with a cable modelled with contact elements in Strand7. The example used is based … Continue reading

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## Secondary moments in prestressed beams with FEA

Secondary (or hyperstatic) bending moments occur in prestressed beams that are continuous over internal supports, or have other redundant support conditions. Any eccentric prestress force will cause a beam to deflect, and if these deflections are restrained at internal supports, … Continue reading

## Installing Python and pyxll from scratch

Updated 28th September 2022. Matplotlib latest version OK. I recently installed Python and pyxll (plus the required additional libraries) on a new computer, which raised a few problems with incompatible versions, so here is a summary of what worked (as … Continue reading