An Expedition to Continuum Theory [electronic resource] / by Wolfgang H. Müller.Material type: TextLanguage: English Series: Solid Mechanics and Its Applications: 210Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2014Description: XIII, 399 p. 161 illus., 32 illus. in color. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9789400777996Subject(s): Engineering | Mechanics, applied | Materials | Engineering | Theoretical and Applied Mechanics | Classical Continuum Physics | Materials Science, generalAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 620.1 LOC classification: TA349-359Online resources: Click here to access online
1 Prologue -- 2 Coordinate transformations -- 3 Balances (in particular in Cartesian systems -- 4 Spatial derivatives of fields -- 5 Balance equations in skew curvilinear coordinate systems -- 6 Constitutive equations in arbitrary coordinate systems -- 7 A first glance on field equations -- 8 Observers and frames of reference in classical continuum theory -- 9 Problems of linear elasticity -- 10 Selected problems for Newtonian and Maxwellian fluids -- 11 Introduction to time-independent plasticity theory -- 12 Entropy -- 13 Fundamentals of electromagnetic field theory -- Picture sources -- Subject index.
This book introduces field theory as required in solid and fluid mechanics as well as in electromagnetism. It also presents the necessary mathematical framework, namely tensor algebra and tensor calculus, by using an inductive approach, which makes it particularly suitable for beginners. In general, the book can be used in undergraduate classes on continuum theory and, more specifically, in courses on continuum mechanics, for students of physics and engineering alike. The benefits for the readers consist of providing a sound basis of the subject as a whole and of training their ability for solving specific problems in a rational manner. For this purpose the general laws of nature in terms of the balances for mass, momentum, and energy are applied and combined with constitutive relations, which are material specific. Various examples and homework problems illustrate how to use the theory in daily practice. Numerous mini-biographies have been added to the mathematical text for diversion and amusement.