Mechanics of Continuous Media

Students will engage the three-tiered framework used to interrogate problems involving bodies of continuous media. This begins with derivation of the governing equations from the conservation of mass, momentum, and energy followed by the application of constitutive models, such as Hooke's law, that govern the behavior of particular materials, and concludes with the solution of boundary value problems. In addition to the study of classical problems and their solutions, students will be required to program numerical algorithms for the solution of problems that can not be solved in closed form. Kinetic and kinematic constraints, such as material frame indifference, compatibility, and objectivity, will be addressed. The material covered will include both cylindrical and Cartesian coordinate frames.