Finite element analysis (FEA) is a widely used method for analyzing a structure or any complex system by means of subdividing the structure or system into smaller elements that can be easily evaluated. This book introduces FEA to manufacturing engineers, and shows them how it can be used to enhance the precision and quality of their products. Engineers will find basic information on PC-based FEA, guidance on getting started, plus a beginning tutorial on problem solving. Also presented are detailed chapters on structural analysis, steady-state thermal analysis, transient heat transfer analysis, and fluid flow analysis using SUPERFLOW. The book will be especially helpful to engineers in smaller firms, or smaller departments in larger firms, where computer resources are limited.