Variational Principles of Continuum Mechanics

I. Fundamentals

  • Victor Berdichevsky

Part of the Interaction of Mechanics and Mathematics book series (IMM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Variational Features of Classical Continuum Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
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      Pages 285-339
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 1-53

About this book


The book reviews the two features of the variational approach: its use as a universal tool to describe physical phenomena and as a source for qualitative and quantitative methods of studying particular problems.

Berdichevsky’s work differs from other books on the subject in focusing mostly on the physical origin of variational principles as well as establishing their interrelations. For example, the Gibbs principles appear as a consequence of the Einstein formula for thermodynamic fluctuations rather than as the first principles of the theory of thermodynamic equilibrium. Mathematical issues are considered as long as they shed light on the physical outcomes and/or provide a useful technique for the direct study of variational problems. In addition, a thorough account of variational principles discovered in various branches of continuum mechanics is given.

In this book, the first volume, the author covers the variational principles for systems with a finite number of degrees of freedom; the variational principles of thermodynamics; the basics of continuum mechanics; the variational principles for classical models of continuum mechanics, such as elastic and plastic bodies, and ideal and viscous fluids; and direct methods of calculus of variations.


Calculus of Variations Degrees of freedom Dissipation Entropy Variational Principles calculus continuum mechanics mechanics statics thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Victor Berdichevsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering Dept.Wayne State UniversityDetroitU.S.A.

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-88466-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-88467-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-6245
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-6253
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