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© 2002

Continuum Mechanics

Textbook

Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. I-Shih Liu
    Pages 1-30
  3. I-Shih Liu
    Pages 31-61
  4. I-Shih Liu
    Pages 129-151
  5. I-Shih Liu
    Pages 153-182
  6. I-Shih Liu
    Pages 183-198
  7. I-Shih Liu
    Pages 199-232
  8. I-Shih Liu
    Pages 233-287
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 289-297

About this book

Introduction

This concise textbook develops step by step the fundamental principles of continuum mechanics. Emphasis is on mathematical clarity, and an extended appendix provides the required background knowledge in linear algebra and tensor calculus. After introducing the basic notions about general kinematics, balance equations, material objectivity and constitutive functions, the book turns to the presentation of rational thermodynamics by stressing the role of Lagrange multipliers in deriving constitutive funcitions from the underlying entropy principle. A brief lecture on extended thermodynamics closes the book. Many examples and exercises round off the material presented in the chapters. The book addresses primarily advanced undergraduate students in theoretical physics, applied mathematics and materials sciences.

Keywords

constitutive relations continuum mechanics entropy entropy principle materials science rational thermodynamics thermodynamics thermomechanics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de MatematicaUniversidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrasil

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Reviews

From the reviews:

"The strength of the book lies in the presentation of a very general and rational framework for constitutive formulations and the role thermodynamics plays in these formulations. [...] Continuum Mechanics is recommended more as a reference book for students and researchers in applied mechanics and structural mechanics [...] The text is also recommended as a textbook for students in the fields of theoretical physics and applied mathematics for which a more rational framework of continuum mechanics is required." (Applied Mechanics Review, 56/3, 2003)

"It is probably a pleasure for all scientists working in the field of continuum mechanics to have a new book by hand which gives a compact and modern introduction into continuum mechanics and thermodynamics and which is enhanced with numerous examples and exercises. … the book can be recommended to senior undergraduates and graduate students at the master and PhD level as well as to research scientists and teachers." (Technische Mechanik, Vol. 25 (2), 2005)

"This book contains a modern presentation of the basic principles of continuum mechanics … together with an introduction to the basic ideas of rational extended thermodynamics. … The book is self-contained, since the appendix contains all relevant material and notation of tensor analysis which is needed in the book. … the unified treatment of both rational continuum mechanics and extended thermodynamics is a novelty and renders the book a useful didactic tool." (Paolo Cermelli, Mathematical Reviews, 2005 c)

"The book under review has been written and used in conjunction with an introductory course on continuum mechanics … . Each chapter has examples and exercises to supplement the basic material. … this is a compact well-written textbook on continuum mechanics, with a strong emphasis on thermodynamics." (Cornelius O. Horgan, SIAM Reviews, Vol. 45 (2), 2003)

"This book is intended primarily as a textbook for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in theoretical physics, applied mathematics, and engineering sciences. The text can also serve as a reference book for students and researchers in the fields of applied and structural mechanics. … The strength of the book lies in the presentation of a very general and rational framework for constitutive formulations and the role thermodynamics plays in these formulations. … In summary, Continuum Mechanics is recommended … ." (E. DeSantiago, Applied Mechanics Reviews, Vol. 56 (3), 2003)