Gerard A. Maugin
This book concentrates on the mathematical theory of plasticity and fracture, and presents it in a thermomechanical framework. It follows the macroscopic, phenomenological approach, which proposes equations abstracted from generally accepted experimental facts, studies the adequacy of the consequences drawn from these equations to those facts, and then provides useful tools for designers and engineers. Many examples of plasticity and fracture are presented, and each chapter concludes with problems for students.
Mechanics on a sound thermodynamic basis
Mechanician Gerard Maugin goes about describing the thermodynamic basis of continuum mechanics, focusing on small-strain elasto-plasticity and fracture, and taking a mathematical viewpoint. You would do well to have a background in continuum mechanics and possibly some functional analysis; Maugin makes heavy use of tensors and their accompanying indicial notation, and there are proofs that enlist the help of variational principles. That being said, I found this book to be an enlightening and thorough introduction to the topic. I would rate the prose somewhere on the above-average level of readability and reader engagement, but it isn't spectacular (so read this one with a cup of coffee close Venant, etc etc).
Those pesky laws of thermodynamics always apply, and so Maugin goes about explaining elasto-plasticity (mostly in metals) mechanical problems. Given the nature of such a coupled beast, the discussion is rather terse compared to other topics. The largest shortcoming here is the treatment of numerical solutions of thermo-mechanical problems, but this is likely due to the book being nearly 20 years old. If you're on the market for information about thermomechanics, this book is right up your alley (even though it is a few years old)...but be aware that the audience is graduate-level engineers and applied mathematicians.
this book is so hard to understand
This book is very hard to understand particularly because of the strange notaion used. The subject of the book is very good, and I couldnt find a parallel book anywhere else, so I am still diggning hard to get few ideas across.
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