Mechanics of Solids is an important course for all engineering students to develop analytical skills. In this course, students develop the skills to apply the laws of mechanics to each part of an object and to derive solutions to engineering problems while maintaining continuity among the parts.
Mechanics of Solids is fundamental to many areas of physics and chemistry, including civil engineering, aerospace engineering, nuclear engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, geology, and materials science.
It also has specific applications in many other fields, such as understanding biological anatomy and the design of dental prosthetics and surgical implants. One of the most common practical examples of solid mechanics is the Euler-Bernoulli beam equation. Mechanics of Solids makes extensive use of tensors to describe stresses, strains, and the relationships between them.
States of rest and motion of objects subject to various forces have been of interest to mathematicians and scientists for centuries. The branch of physical science that deals with the states of rest and motion of objects is called mechanics.
Starting from the analysis of rigid bodies under gravity and the application of simple forces, mechanics has evolved to the analysis of complex structures such as multistory buildings, aircraft, spacecraft, and robots under complex force systems such as dynamic forces, atmospheric forces, and temperature forces.
About the Book
Engineers are eager to apply the laws of mechanics to real field problems. The application of the laws of mechanics to problems in the field is called engineering mechanics. For all problems from atomic distances to high speed distances, Newtonian mechanics has stood the test of time.
An object that changes little in shape or size when a force is applied to it is called a “solid,” while an object that changes greatly in shape or size when a small force is applied to it is called a “fluid. Stone, iron, and concrete are examples of solids, while water and gas are examples of fluids. This book deals with the application of Newtonian mechanics to solids.
The author clearly explains the theory and illustrates it by solving many engineering problems. Neat diagrams are drawn and solutions are presented without omission. SI units and standard notation recommended by Indian Standards are used throughout the book. The author has made this book to fit the latest syllabus of Gujarat Technological University.
The author hopes that the students and teachers of Gujarat Technological University will whole heartedly accept this book.