Basic Principles of Continuum Mechanics

  • Chao-Cheng Wang
Part of the Mathematical Concepts and Methods in Science and Engineering book series (MCSENG, volume 16)


Continuum mechanics is the branch of classical mechanics concerned with motions of deformable material bodies. The mathematical model for such a body is called a body manifold which is an oriented 3-dimensional differentiable manifold endowed with global coordinate systems. In this chapter we develop the basic principles governing the motions of body manifolds.


Constitutive Equation Contact Force Deformation Gradient Reference Configuration Deformable Body 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chao-Cheng Wang
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  1. 1.Rice UniversityHoustonUSA

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