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Variational Methods in Mechanics

Variational Methods in Mechanics


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Variational Methods in Mechanics

The recent success and popularity of the finite-element method, crucial to solving mathematical problems in many branches of engineering today, is based on the variational methods discussed in this textbook. The author, Toshio Mura, is a distinguished engineer and applied mathematician who brings to the work a highly pragmatic approach designed to facilitate teaching the subject, which is essential for all materials science and mechanical and civil engineering students. In addition to all basic topics, the authors cover state-of-the-art research findings, such as those involving composite materials.

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ISBN-13: 9780195068306
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/13/1992
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Toshio Mura is Walter Murphy Professor of Civil Engineering, Northwestern University. A pioneer of micromechanics, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics.
Tatsuhito Koya is Post Doctor, Department of Civil Engineering, Northwestern University.

Table of Contents

1. Maxima and Minima of Functions
2. The Euler Equations I
3. Ritz's Method
4. The Euler Equations II
5. Boundary Conditions
6. Subsidiary Conditions
7. Continuity Conditions
8. Galerkin's Method
9. Minimizing Sequence
10. Transformation in Variational Problems
11. Elasticity
12. Castigliano's Theorem
13. Plasticity
14. Eigenvalue Problems
15. Variational Problems and Eigenvalues
16. Direct Methods or Eigenvalue Problems
17. The Finite Element Method
18. General Use of the Lagrange Multipliers
19. Miscellaneous Problems

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