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Physical Foundations of Continuum Mechanics


  • Date Published: October 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521765589

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  • Ian Murdoch's Physical Foundations of Continuum Mechanics will interest engineers, mathematicians, and physicists who study the macroscopic behaviour of solids and fluids or engage in molecular dynamical simulations. In contrast to standard works on the subject, Murdoch's book examines physical assumptions implicit in continuum modelling from a molecular perspective. In so doing, physical interpretations of concepts and fields are clarified by emphasising both their microscopic origin and sensitivity to scales of length and time. Murdoch expertly applies this approach to theories of mixtures, generalised continua, fluid flow through porous media, and systems whose molecular content changes with time. Elements of statistical mechanics are included, for comparison, and two extensive appendices address relevant mathematical concepts and results. This unique and thorough work is an authoritative reference for both students and experts in the field.

    • Simple exercises and prompts serve to ensure readers appreciate and understand the concepts and arguments
    • Is relevant to studies in elasticity, fluid dynamics, material science and molecular dynamical modelling
    • Two extensive appendices provide background mathematics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Numerous books have been written on the subject, but this book has unique features that make it somewhat different from the conventional [ones] … the microscale viewpoints of the book are somewhat unique and may cultivate a different view of continuum models in students.' Majid Molki, Heat Transfer Engineering

    'This is a very instructive book … useful for researchers, teachers and graduate students … numerous exercises, examples and additional comments … are very helpful for a better understanding of the nature of the treated subjects.' Vladimir Cadez, Zentralblatt MATH

    'The subject is developed carefully and rigorously. Relevant mathematical background is included in appendices. … The volume presents a stimulating and original approach to a fundamental problem in physics and is recommended to all workers in continuum mechanics concerned with how their subject may be consistently and generally grounded in atomic theory.' Peter Holland, Contemporary Physics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521765589
    • length: 434 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 182 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.02kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Some elements of continuum mechanics
    3. Motivation for seeking a molecular scale-dependent perspective on continuum modelling
    4. Spatial localisation, mass conservation, and boundaries
    5. Motions, material points and linear momentum balance
    6. Balance of energy
    7. Fine-scale considerations: moments, couple stress, inhomogeneity and energetics
    8. Time averaging and systems with changing material content
    9. Elements of mixture theory
    10. Fluid flow through porous media
    11. Linkage of microscopic and macroscopic descriptions of material behaviour via cellular averaging
    12. Modelling the behaviour of specific materials: constitutive relations and objectivity
    13. Comments on two non-local balance relations
    14. Elements of classical statistical mechanics
    15. Summary and suggestions for further study

  • Author

    A. Ian Murdoch, University of Strathclyde
    A. Ian Murdoch is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. His work on continuum mechanics has been widely published in such journals as the Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Journal of Elasticity, International Journal of Engineering Science, Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics, and the Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics. He is the co-editor of two books: Modelling Macroscopic Phenomena at Liquid Boundaries and Modelling Coupled Phenomena in Saturated Porous Materials, and author of published lecture notes: Foundations of Continuum Modelling. Dr Murdoch has taught and lectured at many distinguished mathematics and engineering schools around the world.

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