4 - Continuum Mechanics Foundations
AbstractContinuum mechanics is a subject that unifies solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer, all of which are core subjects of mechanical engineering. The approach taken in this text is to use continuum mechanics as a universal tool in which to formulate the polymer mechanics theories that will be presented in the following chapters. In some undergraduate textbooks, the polymer mechanics frameworks are often presented using a traditional small-strain solid mechanics approach in an effort to make the theory less abstract. Here, a different approach is taken. Polymer components, due to their mechanical characteristics, are often both able and designed to undergo large deformations, and it is therefore important for the polymer mechanist to know that it is not sufficient to simply talk about stress and strain when working with polymers, but that there are in fact different types of stress and strain that can be used, and hence it is important to specify and c Read more...
Publication date: 2015/01/01