MAGIC090: Introduction to Continuum Mechanics

Course details

A core MAGIC course

Semester

Spring 2021
Monday, January 25th to Friday, March 19th; Monday, April 26th to Friday, May 7th

Hours

Live lecture hours
10
Recorded lecture hours
0
Total advised study hours
40

Timetable

Wednesdays
09:05 - 09:55

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Description

The theory of continuous media is the common denominator of several physical theories concerned with the global (macroscopic) behaviour of substances under the influence of external agents.

Two main examples of such theories are fluid mechanics and elasticity theory.

The main feature which distinguishes continuum mechanics from other physical theories like, for example, quantum mechanics, is that all the fine microscopic details are disregarded; in particular, it is assumed that the highly discontinuous structure of matter can be replaced by a smoothed hypothetical body.

Quantities such as density, displacement and velocity (the so-called field variables) are taken to be continuous functions of position and their values are calculated via axiomatic rules. 

In this course we develop the general mathematical apparatus required for the analysis of the deformation of solids and the flow of fluids.

An understanding of continuum mechanics is of paramount importance in many applications, including meteorology, seismology, chemical engineering, biomechanics, civil engineering, aircraft design, etc. 

Prerequisites

Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra, Newtonian Dynamics

Syllabus

  1. Vectors and tensors. 
  2. Kinematics (the geometry of deformation and strain). 
  3. Balance Laws (mechanical stress, Cauchy's equation of motion) 
  4. Constitutive behaviour (objectivity, elastic materials, hyperelasticity, incompressibility) 
  5. Linear elasticity and boundary-value problems. 

Lecturer

  • LH

    Dr Layal Hakim

    University
    University of Exeter

Bibliography

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  • Course on Continuum Mechanics (Ciprian D. Coman, )
  • Continuum Mechanics (Peter Chadwick, book)
  • An Introduction to Continuum Mechanics (Morton E. Gurtin, book)
  • The Linearized Theory of Elasticity (William S. Slaughter, book)
  • Non-Linear Elastic Deformations (Raymond W. Ogden, book)
  • Introduction to the Mechanics of a Continuous Medium (Lawrence E. Malvern, )

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