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Continuum Mechanics
Constitutive Modeling of Structural and Biological Materials


  • Date Published: August 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107011816

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  • This is a modern textbook for courses in continuum mechanics. It provides both the theoretical framework and the numerical methods required to model the behaviour of continuous materials. This self-contained textbook is tailored for advanced undergraduate or first-year graduate students with numerous step-by-step derivations and worked-out examples. The author presents both the general continuum theory and the mathematics needed to apply it in practice. The derivation of constitutive models for ideal gases, fluids, solids and biological materials, and the numerical methods required to solve the resulting differential equations, are also detailed. Specifically, the text presents the theory and numerical implementation for the finite difference and the finite element methods in the Matlab® programming language. It includes thirteen detailed Matlab® programs illustrating how constitutive models are used in practice.

    • Provides a description of the numerical solutions to practical problems
    • Includes continuum mixture theory which is used to model biological materials
    • Includes a description for the determination of constitutive model parameters including curve fitting and experimental error estimation
    • Contains thirteen numerical applications of the finite element and finite difference methods to the solution of constitutive modeling problems in Matlab®
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107011816
    • length: 358 pages
    • dimensions: 259 x 181 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 81 b/w illus. 30 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Mathematics
    2. Kinematics
    3. The stress tensor
    4. Introduction to material modeling
    5. Ideal gas
    6. Fluids
    7. Elastic material models
    8. Continuum mixture theory
    9. Growth models
    10. Parameter estimation and curve fitting
    11. Finite element method
    12. Appendix.

  • Author

    Franco M. Capaldi, Merrimack College, Massachusetts
    Professor Franco M. Capaldi received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked at Sandia National Labs before joining the faculty at Drexel University. In 2006 he became an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Merrimack College. His research focuses on the modeling of biological and polymeric materials at various length scales.

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