Modelling of Mechanical Systems: Structural Elements


  • Francois Axisa, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at ENSTA, France
  • Philippe Trompette, Professor Emeritus in Mechanical Engineering at Lyon University, France

The modelling of mechanical systems provides engineers and students with the methods to model and understand mechanical systems by using both mathematical and computer-based tools. Written by an eminent authority in the field, this is the second of four volumes which provide engineers with a comprehensive resource on this cornerstone mechanical engineering subject. Dealing with continuous systems, this book covers solid mechanics, beams, plates and shells. In a clear style and with a practical rather than theoretical approach, it shows how to model continuous systems in order to study vibration modes, motion and forces. Appendices give useful primers on aspects of the mathematics introduced in the book. Other volumes in the series cover discrete systems, fluid-structure interaction and flow-induced vibration.
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Mechanical engineers and designers, and specialists in damage mechanics, fluid-structure interaction, vibration effects and applied mechanics


Book information

  • Published: August 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-6846-0


Review of Volume One: Discrete Systems ‘... this is not just a translation; much has been added, refined and polished, to make this book an excellent addition to anyone’s bookshelf, whose interests lie in Dynamics, Vibrations, or Fluid Structure Interactions.' Journal of Fluids and Structures, 2004

Table of Contents

Solid mechanics; Straight beam models: Newtonian approach; Straight beam models: Hamilton's principle; Vibration modes of straight beams and modal analysis methods; Plates: in-plane motion; Plates: out-of-plane motion; Arches and shells: string and membrane forces; Bent and twisted arches and shells; Appendices; References; Index