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Solid Mechanics An Introduction by J. P. Ward

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Published by Springer Netherlands in Dordrecht .
Written in English


  • Mechanics,
  • Engineering,
  • Global analysis (Mathematics),
  • Physics,
  • Mechanical engineering

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This book is a concise and readable introductory text on solid mechanics suitable for engineers, scientists and applied mathematicians. It presents the foundations of stress, strain and elasticity theory and consistently employs the use of vectors and (particularly) Cartesian tensor notation. The first chapter introduces vectors with particular emphasis being paid to applications which arise in later chapters. Chapter 2 introduces Cartesian tensors and describes some of their important applications. In particular, finite and infinitessimal rotations are examined as are isotropic tensors and second order symmetric tensors. The last topic of this chapter includes a full discussion on eigenvalues and eigenvectors. There are separate introductions, in Chapters 3 and 4, to stress and strain and to their practical measurement using, respectively, photoelastic methods and strain gauges. In Chapter 5 the concepts of stress and strain are brought together and, in conjunction with Newton"s equilibrium equations, used to deduce the basic equations of linear elasticity theory. These fundamental equations are then examined and analyzed by obtaining simple exact solutions, including solutions which describe twisting, bending and stretching of beams. Chapter 6 introduces the fundamental concept of strain enegergy and uses this concept to derive the Kirchoff uniqueness theorem, Rayleigh"s reciprocal theorem and the important Castigliano relations. The chapter concludes with a thorough treatment of the theorem of minimum potential energy and examines some of its applications. The final three chapters examine the application of the fundamental equations to the theory of torsion, to structural analysis and to the treatment of two dimensional elastostatics by analytical and approximate (finite element) methods.

Edition Notes

Statementby J. P. Ward
SeriesSolid Mechanics and Its Applications -- 15, Solid Mechanics and Its Applications -- 15
LC ClassificationsQC120-168.85, QA808.2
The Physical Object
Format[electronic resource] :
Pagination1 online resource (x, 284 p.)
Number of Pages284
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL27088302M
ISBN 109048141990, 940158026X
ISBN 109789048141999, 9789401580267

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