Modelling of Mechanical Systems: Structural Elements

1st Edition

Authors: Francois Axisa Philippe Trompette
Print ISBN: 9780080973739
eBook ISBN: 9780080461366
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 22nd August 2005
Page Count: 300
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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.

Key Features

  • Axisa is a world authority in the modelling of systems
  • Comprehensive coverage of mathematical techniques used to perform computer-based analytical studies and numerical simulations
  • A key reference for mechanical engineers, researchers and graduate students in this cornerstone subject


Mechanical engineers and designers, and specialists in damage mechanics, fluid-structure interaction, vibration effects and applied mechanics

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


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About the Author

Francois Axisa

François Axisa is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at ENSTA, France, and holds a research post in flow-induced vibration problems at Centre d’Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay, France. He is the author of more than 50 papers on vibrations, damping and associated subjects and has been involved in numerous international conferences and meetings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Mechanical Engineering at ENSTA, France

Philippe Trompette

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus in Mechanical Engineering at Lyon University, France


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