Mechanics of Materials

A Modern Integration of Mechanics and Materials in Structural Design


  • Christopher Jenkins, Professor and Head, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department, Montana State University
  • Sanjeev Khanna, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Missouri, Columbia

This book is the first to bridge the often disparate bodies of knowledge now known as applied mechanics and materials science. Using a very methodological process to introduce mechanics, materials, and design issues in a manner called "total structural design", this book seeks a solution in "total design space" Features include:* A generalized design template for solving structural design problems.* Every chapter first introduces mechanics concepts through deformation, equilibrium, and energy considerations. Then the constitutive nature of the chapter topic is presented, followed by a link between mechanics and materials concepts. Details of analysis and materials selection are subsequently discussed. * A concluding example design problem is provided in most chapters, so that students may get a sense of how mechanics and materials come together in the design of a real structure. * Exercises are provided that are germane to aerospace, civil, and mechanical engineering applications, and include both deterministic and design-type problems.* Accompanying website contains a wealth of information complementary to this text, including a set of virtual labs. Separate site areas are available for the instructor and students.
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Students in mechanical, materials, civil, and aerospace engineering.


Book information

  • Published: March 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-383852-0

Table of Contents

PrefaceAbout the Authors1. Mechanics and Materials2. Total Structural Design3. Design of Axial Structures4. Torsion Structures5. Flexural Structures6. Combined Static Loading7. Fracture8. Slender Compressive Axial Structures9. Materials for the Twenty-First CenturyAppendixesReview ModulesAnswers to Selected ProblemsIndex