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Your ticket to excelling in mechanics of materialsMechanics of Materials For Dummies gives you plain-English explanations of all the topics you'll encounter in a typical undergraduate course, including principles of equilibrium, geometric compatibility, and material behavior; stress and its relation to force and movement; strain and its relation to displacement; and methods for calculating deformations and indeterminate systems.
Brush up on basics — get a quick refresher on math and units, a brief review of essential statics topics, and an easy-to-follow introduction to mechanics of materials
Sharpen your skills — find out which skills you need to master, including section property calculations, internal force diagrams, and how to locate the centroid of an area
Stop stressing — get the 411 on the basic types of stress, grasp the difference between average stress and stress at a point, and learn to transform stresses to find principal values and angles
Strain for more — discover how objects deform in response to strain, how you compute maximum and minimum strain values, and how to determine strain orientation within an object
Compute displacements — explore different ways to compute deformations of objects under loads for both statically determinate and indeterminate systems
Open the book and find:
How to use mechanics to understand material behavior
Methods for calculating stresses and strains
Basic torsion theory
How to calculate deformations, displacements, and angles of twist
How to solve indeterminate systems and composite materials problems
Mohr's circle for transformations
Hooke's law for stress and strain
Learn to:
Understand key mechanics concepts
Grasp principles of stress, strain, and deformation and their interactions
Solve indeterminate statics problems
Synopsis
Your ticket to excelling in mechanics of materialsWith roots in physics and mathematics, engineering mechanics is the basis of all the mechanical sciences: civil engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and aeronautical and aerospace engineering.
Tracking a typical undergraduate course, Mechanics of Materials For Dummies gives you a thorough introduction to this foundational subject. You'll get clear, plain-English explanations of all the topics covered, including principles of equilibrium, geometric compatibility, and material behavior; stress and its relation to force and movement; strain and its relation to displacement; elasticity and plasticity; fatigue and fracture; failure modes; application to simple engineering structures, and more.
- Tracks to a course that is a prerequisite for most engineering majors
- Covers key mechanics concepts, summaries of useful equations, and helpful tips
From geometric principles to solving complex equations, Mechanics of Materials For Dummies is an invaluable resource for engineering students!
About the Author
James H. Allen III, PE, PhD is an assistant professor of civil engineering and a registered professional engineer. His specialty areas include structural engineering, numerical analysis and error control, and steel design. He is also the author of Statics For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1
Part I: Setting the Stage for Mechanics of Materials 7
Chapter 1: Predicting Behavior with Mechanics of Materials 9
Chapter 2: Reviewing Mathematics and Units Used in Mechanics of Materials 15
Chapter 3: Brushing Up on Statics Basics 25
Chapter 4: Calculating Properties of Geometric Areas 41
Chapter 5: Computing Moments of Area and Other Inertia Calculations 55
Part II: Analyzing Stress 83
Chapter 6: Remain Calm, It's Only Stress85
Chapter 7: More than Meets the Eye: Transforming Stresses 99
Chapter 8: Lining Up Stress Along Axial Axes 131
Chapter 9: Bending Stress Is Only Normal: Analyzing Bending Members 149
Chapter 10: Shear Madness: Surveying Shear Stress 161
Chapter 11: Twisting the Night Away with Torsion 177
Part III: Investigating Strain 189
Chapter 12: Don't Strain Yourself: Exploring Strain and Deformation 191
Chapter 13: Applying Transformation Concepts to Strain 201
Chapter 14: Correlating Stresses and Strains to Understand Deformation 215
Part IV: Applying Stress and Strain 233
Chapter 15: Calculating Combined Stresses235
Chapter 16: When Push Comes to Shove: Dealing with Deformations 251
Chapter 17: Showing Determination When Dealing with Indeterminate Structures 273
Chapter 18: Buckling Up for Compression Members 301
Chapter 19: Designing for Required Section Properties 313
Chapter 20: Introducing Energy Methods 331
Part V: The Part of Tens 343
Chapter 21: Ten Mechanics of Materials Pitfalls to Avoid 345
Chapter 22: Ten Tips to Solving Mechanics of Materials Problems 349
Index 355