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This course is part of the MAGIC core.


This is offered as a core course for Applied. The objective is to derive in a rational way the governing equations for both solids and fluids and to solve a few illustrative problems. It is intended that, by the end of the course, students will have the knowledge necessary for the in-depth study of various phenomena in linear elasticity, nonlinear elasticity, rheology, and fluid mechanics.

Recommended books:
  • P. Chadwick, Continuum Mechanics, Dover (1999).
  • M.E. Gurtin, E. Fried and L. Anand, The Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Continua, CUP (2009).
  • O. Gonzalez and A.M. Stuart, A First Course in Continuum Mechanics, CUP (2008)
  • R.W. Ogden, Non-linear Elastic Deformations, Dover (1997).
  • P.G. Drazin and N. Riley, The Navier-Stokes equations: a classification of flows and exact solutions, Cambridge University Press (2006).


Autumn 2011 (Monday, October 10 to Friday, December 16)


  • Mon 10:05 - 10:55
  • Wed 09:05 - 09:55


No prerequisites information is available yet.


  • Vector and tensor theory: Vector and tensor algebra, tensor product, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, symmetric, skew-symmetric and orthogonal tensors, polar decompositions, integral theorems.
  • Kinematics: The notion of a continuum, configurations and motions, referential and spatial descriptions, deformation and velocity gradients, stretch and rotation, stretching and spin, circulation and vorticity.
  • Balance laws, field equations: Mass, momentum, force and torque, theory of stress, equations of motion, energy.
  • Constitutive equations: Basic constitutive statement, examples of constitutive equations, observer transformations, reduced constitutive equations, material symmetry, internal constraints, incompressible Newtonian viscous fluids, isotropic elastic materials, viscoelastic materials, rheological models such as Reiner-Rivlin fluid and Bingham fluid.
  • Advanced formulations: Elementary continuum thermodynamics, variational formulations, conjugate measures of stress and strain, Hamiltonian formulations.
  • A selection of example problems: from Linear and Nonlinear Elasticity, and Fluid Mechanics.


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Continuum Mechanics: Concise Theory and ProblemsChadwick
A first course in continuum mechanicsGonzalez and Stuart
Non-Linear Elastic DeformationsOgden
The Navier-Stokes equations: a classification of flows and exact solutionsDrazin, Riley and Society


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Homework 1

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