General Prerequisites: Familiarity will be assumed with Part A Complex Analysis, Differential Equations 1 and 2 and Calculus of Variations. A basic understanding of stress tensors from either B5.3 Viscous Flow or C5.1 Solid Mechanics will also be required. The following courses are also helpful: B5.1 Techniques of Applied Mathematics, B5.2 Applied Partial Differential Equations, C5.5 Perturbation Methods, C5.6 Applied Complex Variables.
Course Overview: The course starts with a rapid overview of mathematical models for basic solid mechanics. Benchmark solutions are derived for static problems and wave propagation in linear elastic materials. It is then shown how these results can be used as a basis for practically useful problems involving thin beams and plates. Simple geometrically nonlinear models are then introduced to explain buckling, fracture and contact. Models for yield and plasticity are then discussed, both microscopically and macroscopically.
Lecturer(s):
Prof. Peter Howell
Course Synopsis: Review of tensors, conservation laws, Navier equations. Antiplane strain, torsion, plane strain. Elastic wave propagation, Rayleigh waves. Ad hoc approximations for thin materials; simple bifurcation theory and buckling. Simple mixed boundary value problems, brittle fracture and smooth contact. Perfect plasticity theories for granular materials and metals.