Solid Mechanics: An Introduction by J.P. WardSolid Mechanics: An Introduction by J.P. Ward

Solid Mechanics: An Introduction

byJ.P. Ward

Paperback | December 9, 2010

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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.
Title:Solid Mechanics: An IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:294 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.27 inPublished:December 9, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9048141990

ISBN - 13:9789048141999

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Table of Contents

1. Vectors. 2. Cartesian Tensors.3. The Analysis of Stress. 4. The Analysis of Strain. 5. Linear Elasticity. 6. Energy. 7. The General Torsion Problem. 8.The Matrix Analysis of Structures. 9. Two Dimensional Elastostatics. Appendix 1. The Variational Calculus. References. Index.