Continuum mechanics
1 / 14

Continuum Mechanics - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on

Continuum Mechanics. Mathematical Background. Syllabus Overview. Week 1 – Math Review (Chapter 2). Week 2 – Kinematics (Chapter 3). Week 3 – Stress & Conservation of mass, momenta and energy (Chapter 4 & 5). Week 4 – Constituative Equations & Linearized Elasticity (Chapter 6 & 7).

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about ' Continuum Mechanics' - colorado-morse

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
Continuum mechanics

Continuum Mechanics

Mathematical Background

Syllabus overview
Syllabus Overview

Week 1 – Math Review (Chapter 2).

Week 2 – Kinematics (Chapter 3).

Week 3 – Stress & Conservation of mass, momenta and energy (Chapter 4 & 5).

Week 4 – Constituative Equations & Linearized Elasticity (Chapter 6 & 7).

Week 7 – Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer & Viscoelasticity (Chapters 8 & 9).


Computer Project – 30%

Mid Term (Take Home) – 25%

Final (Take Home) – 30%

Homework - (15%)

Some examples
Some Examples

Continuum mechanics forms the basis of CFD, Solid Mechanics, Thermal Profile Modeling.

General procedure for solving a continuum mechanics problem
General Procedure for solving a continuum mechanics problem

1.       Decide upon the goal of the problem and desired information;

2.       Identify the geometry of the solid to be modeled;

3.       Determine the loading applied to the solid;

4.       Decide what physics must be included in the model;

5.       Choose (and calibrate) a constitutive law that describes the behavior of the material;

6.       Choose a method of analysis;

7.       Solve the problem.


  • Vectors are important in continuum mechanics. The direction and magnitude of many variables can be most easily described by vectors.

  • Unit vector – a vector of unit length (often denoted by a caret (pointy hat).

  • Vector addition – add like components (A+B=B+A therefore vector addition is commutative) – ((A+B)+C=A+(B+C) therefore associative)

Vectors 2
Vectors 2

  • Multiplication by a scalar (same as addition – therefore associative and commutative.

  • Scalar (dot product) – multiply like terms and add to give a scalar result.

  • Vector product – most easily found using matrices – vector product is a vector perpendicular to the plane containing the vectors multiplied. (BxA=-AxB).

  • Triple Scalar product (A.BxC) – a scalar that is equal to the area of a parallelepiped defined by the 3 vectors.

  • Triple Vector Product (Ax(BxC)) a vector in the same plane as B and C can be found by:

  • Ax(BxC)=B(A.C)-C(A.B)


  • Matrix methods are exceptionally useful for dealing with vectors, (& tensors).

  • To determine the cross product of two vectors you can evaluate the determinant of a matrix which is made up of the basis and the two vectors.

Where i is row number and j column number and the last term on the rhs is the determinant of the n-1 by n-1 matrix when the ith row and first column of D are removed


  • Transpose (interchange rows and columns)


  • Multiplication (scalar multiplication of rows by columns)

Inverse matrices
Inverse Matrices

The Adjoint (also called adjunct) of a matrix is the transpose of the matrix obtained by replacing each element by its cofactor.


Properties of anisotropic solids can be represented by tensors. For the most part we will consider rank 1 (vectors) and rank 2 (matrices) tensors.

Matrix methods can be used to solve tensor (i.e. anisotropic continuum mechanics problems).

The trace of a tensor is the sum of its diagonal terms.

Eigenvalues eigenvectors
Eigenvalues & Eigenvectors

In general a tensor can be considered as an operator that can stretch and rotate space. It is possible to find components that have no rotation. These special components are eigenvalues and eigenvectors. How could this be useful?

Example 3 4 4
Example 3.4.4

  • The state of strain at a point in an elastic body is given by (microstrain). Determine the principal strains and principal directions of the strain.

Good review of vector calculus
Good review of vector calculus