- Uses direct notation for a clear and straightforward presentation of the mathematics, leading to a better understanding of the underlying physics
- Covers high-interest research areas such as small- and large-deformation continuum electrodynamics, with application to smart materials used in intelligent systems and structures
- Offers a unique approach to modeling incompressibility and thermal expansion, based on the authors' own research
1. Vector spaces and inner product spaces 2. Tensor algebra and tensor calculus 3. Cartesian coordinates and curvilinear coordinates 4. Kinematics: motion and deformation 5. Deformation and strain measures 6. Kinetics: force and stress 7. Conservation of mass, linear momentum, and angular momentum 8. First and second laws of thermodynamics 9. Nonlinear elastic solids 10. Viscous and inviscid fluids 11. Internal constraints and constitutive limits 12. Incompressibility 13. Thermal expansion 14. Continuum electrodynamics 15. Smart materials
Stephen Bechtel is a professor emeritus in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a two-time winner of the Ohio State University College of Engineering Lumley Research Award. His research interests include advanced materials, including polymer/nanoparticle composites, magnetorheological fluids, ferroic solids, and piezoelectric crystals; industrial polymer processing and fiber manufacturing; and shear and extensional characterization of polymer melts and solutions.
Robert Lowe is a Presidential Fellow and former American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University. He conducts research in the Computer Applications of Mechanics Laboratory and the Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. He obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio Northern University and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State. His research interests include theoretical and computational mechanics, vibrations and elastic waves in structures, finite-deformation continuum electrodynamics, and polymer processing.