Mechanics of Materials For Dummies

Mechanics of Materials For Dummies

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By (author) James H. Allen

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 234mm x 23mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 7 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470942738
  • ISBN 13: 9780470942734
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 244,719

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Your ticket to excelling in mechanics of materialsWith roots in physics and mathematics, engineering mechanics is the basis of all the mechanical sciences: civil engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and aeronautical and aerospace engineering.Tracking a typical undergraduate course, Mechanics of Materials For Dummies gives you a thorough introduction to this foundational subject. You'll get clear, plain-English explanations of all the topics covered, including principles of equilibrium, geometric compatibility, and material behavior; stress and its relation to force and movement; strain and its relation to displacement; elasticity and plasticity; fatigue and fracture; failure modes; application to simple engineering structures, and more. * Tracks to a course that is a prerequisite for most engineering majors * Covers key mechanics concepts, summaries of useful equations, and helpful tipsFrom geometric principles to solving complex equations, Mechanics of Materials For Dummies is an invaluable resource for engineering students!

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James H. Allen III, PE, PhD is an assistant professor of civil engineering and a registered professional engineer. His specialty areas include structural engineering, numerical analysis and error control, and steel design. He is also the author of Statics For Dummies.

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Your ticket to excelling in mechanics of materials"Mechanics of Materials For Dummies" gives you plain-English explanations of all the topics you'll encounter in a typical undergraduate course, including principles of equilibrium, geometric compatibility, and material behavior; stress and its relation to force and movement; strain and its relation to displacement; and methods for calculating deformations and indeterminate systems.Brush up on basics -- get a quick refresher on math and units, a brief review of essential statics topics, and an easy-to-follow introduction to mechanics of materialsSharpen your skills -- find out which skills you need to master, including section property calculations, internal force diagrams, and how to locate the centroid of an areaStop stressing -- get the 411 on the basic types of stress, grasp the difference between average stress and stress at a point, and learn to transform stresses to find principal values and anglesStrain for more -- discover how objects deform in response to strain, how you compute maximum and minimum strain values, and how to determine strain orientation within an objectCompute displacements -- explore different ways to compute deformations of objects under loads for both statically determinate and indeterminate systemsOpen the book and find: How to use mechanics to understand material behaviorMethods for calculating stresses and strainsBasic torsion theoryHow to calculate deformations, displacements, and angles of twistHow to solve indeterminate systems and composite materials problemsMohr's circle for transformationsHooke's law for stress and strainLearn to: Understand key mechanics conceptsGrasp principles of stress, strain, and deformation and their interactionsSolve indeterminate statics problems

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Setting the Stage for Mechanics of Materials 7 Chapter 1: Predicting Behavior with Mechanics of Materials 9 Chapter 2: Reviewing Mathematics and Units Used in Mechanics of Materials 15 Chapter 3: Brushing Up on Statics Basics 25 Chapter 4: Calculating Properties of Geometric Areas 41 Chapter 5: Computing Moments of Area and Other Inertia Calculations 55 Part II: Analyzing Stress 83 Chapter 6: Remain Calm, It's Only Stress85 Chapter 7: More than Meets the Eye: Transforming Stresses 99 Chapter 8: Lining Up Stress Along Axial Axes 131 Chapter 9: Bending Stress Is Only Normal: Analyzing Bending Members 149 Chapter 10: Shear Madness: Surveying Shear Stress 161 Chapter 11: Twisting the Night Away with Torsion 177 Part III: Investigating Strain 189 Chapter 12: Don't Strain Yourself: Exploring Strain and Deformation 191 Chapter 13: Applying Transformation Concepts to Strain 201 Chapter 14: Correlating Stresses and Strains to Understand Deformation 215 Part IV: Applying Stress and Strain 233 Chapter 15: Calculating Combined Stresses235 Chapter 16: When Push Comes to Shove: Dealing with Deformations 251 Chapter 17: Showing Determination When Dealing with Indeterminate Structures 273 Chapter 18: Buckling Up for Compression Members 301 Chapter 19: Designing for Required Section Properties 313 Chapter 20: Introducing Energy Methods 331 Part V: The Part of Tens 343 Chapter 21: Ten Mechanics of Materials Pitfalls to Avoid 345 Chapter 22: Ten Tips to Solving Mechanics of Materials Problems 349 Index 355