About the Book
"Mechanics of materials, or strength of materials, is a subject which deals with the behavior of solid objects subject to stresses and strains. The complete theory began with the consideration of the behavior of one and two dimensional members of structures, whose states of stress can be approximated as two dimensional, and was then generalized to three dimensions to develop a more complete theory of the elastic and plastic behavior of materials. Strength of materials is a basic engineering subject that, along with statics, must be understood by anyone concerned with the strength and physical performance of structures, whether those structures are man-made or natural. The subject is required for most students majoring in mechanical, structural, civil, biomedical, petroleum, aeronautical, and aerospace engineering. Nowadays the building of structures, machines and other engineering structures is impossible without projects previously drawn. The project consists of the drawings and explanation notes presenting the dimensions of the construction elements, the materials necessary for their building and the technology for their building. The dimensions of the elements and details depend on the characteristics of the used materials and the external forces acting upon the structures and they have to be determined carefully during the design procedure. The structure must be reliable as well as economical during the exploitation process. The reliability is guaranteed when the definite strength, stiffness, stability and durability are taken in mind in the structure. The economy of the construction depends on the material’s expenditure, on the new technology introduction and on the cheaper materials application. It is obvious that the reliability and the economy are opposite requirements. Because of that, the Strength of Materials relies on the experience as well as the theory and is a science in development.
Two-Volume ‘Brig’s Handbook of Methods & Research in Mechanics of Material and Applied Science’ introduction to the mechanics of materials with applications to science and engineering. Focuses on understanding and predicting the deformation and failure behaviour of a range of materials from metals, ceramics, polymers and composites to adhesives and soft solids, with balanced coverage of advanced technological and natural materials, with balanced coverage of theoretical, experimental, and field investigations. This Handbook is offered to engineering students and researchers. The main objective of this work is for students of engineering to develop the ability to analyse a given problem in a simple and logical manner and to its solution, apply a few fundamental and well-understood principles."