Finite Element Modelling in palaeobiology : developments in the last decade

Mishra, Sanjay K. (2005) Finite Element Modelling in palaeobiology : developments in the last decade. In Challenges in Indian Palaeobiology : Current Status, Recent Developments and Future Directions, 15-16 November 2005, Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow.

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Finite Element Modelling (FEM) is a mathematical technique to simulate the structural and mechanical parameters, such as stress, strain, load, displacement, etc of any physical system. Due to advancement in computational power and availability of personal computers, FEM has become a powerful tool to analyse the problems in mechanical, civil and aeronautical engineering. FEM's application into biological areas, particularly in biomechanics is growing and recently, palaeontologists has also shown to use FEM as a research tool. In this survey article a brief summary of application of FEM in palaeobiology in the last decade has been described which suggests that FEM has potential to help in the analysis of several palaeobiological questions related to evolution, locomotion, form and function of extinct taxa. Additionally, a brief overview about fundamentals of finite element modelling techniques for a beginner palaeobiologist with common pitfalls and limitations of computer modelling has also been discussed.

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ID Code: 20888
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Palaeobiology, Finite Element Analysis, form and function, extinct taxa
ISBN: 8186382038
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > OTHER EARTH SCIENCES (049900) > Earth Sciences not elsewhere classified (049999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY (060300) > Evolutionary Biology not elsewhere classified (060399)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany
Deposited On: 02 Jun 2009 05:39
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2010 16:38

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