The essence of continuum mechanics — the internal response of materials to external loading — is often obscured by the complex mathematics of its formulation. By building gradually from one-dimensional to two- and three-dimensional formulations, this book provides an accessible introduction to the fundamentals of solid and fluid mechanics, covering stress and strain among other key topics. This undergraduate text presents several real-world case studies, such as the St. Francis Dam, to illustrate the mathematical connections between solid and fluid mechanics, with an emphasis on practical applications of these concepts to mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering structures and design.
Introduction. Strain and Stress in One Dimension. Case Study 1: Collapse of Kansas City Hyatt Regency Walkways. Strain and Stress in Higher Dimensions. Applying Strain and Stress in Higher Dimensions. Case Study 2: Pressure Vessels. Beams. Case Study 3: Physiological Levers and Repairs. Beam Deflections. Instability: Column Buckling. Case Study 4: Harford Civic Arena. Connecting Solid and Fluid Mechanics. Fluid Statics. Case Study 5: St. Francis Dam. Fluid Dynamics: Governing Equations. Fluid Dynamics: Applications. Case Study 6: Blood Flow. Solid Dynamics: Connections.
"This book is a welcome addition to the family of resources for undergraduates majoring in mechanical, aerospace, civil, and other allied engineering fields. It offers a unified treatment for solid and fluid mechanics using a continuum mechanics approach. This approach helps students understand both disciplines and prepares them to face problems in interdisciplinary areas such as biomechanical engineering . . . Overall, this lucidly presented work provides a valuable introduction to engineering mechanics using a continuum approach."
– R. Kolar, Naval Postgraduate School, in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, August 2009, Vol. 46, No. 1