Flow, Deformation and Fracture

Flow, Deformation and Fracture : Lectures on Fluid Mechanics and the Mechanics of Deformable Solids for Mathematicians and Physicists

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Over forty years of teaching experience are distilled into this text. The guiding principle is the wide use of the concept of intermediate asymptotics, which enables the natural introduction of the modeling of real bodies by continua. Beginning with a detailed explanation of the continuum approximation for the mathematical modeling of the motion and equilibrium of real bodies, the author continues with a general survey of the necessary methods and tools for analyzing models. Next, specific idealized approximations are presented, including ideal incompressible fluids, elastic bodies and Newtonian viscous fluids. The author not only presents general concepts but also devotes chapters to examining significant problems, including turbulence, wave-propagation, defects and cracks, fatigue and fracture. Each of these applications reveals essential information about the particular approximation. The author's tried and tested approach reveals insights that will be valued by every teacher and student of mechanics.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 110 b/w illus.
  • 1139898108
  • 9781139898102

Table of contents

Foreword Alexandre J. Chorin; Preface; Introduction; 1. Idealized continuous media: the basic concepts; 2. Dimensional analysis and physical similitude; 3. The ideal incompressible fluid approximation: general concepts and relations; 4. The ideal incompressible fluid approximation: analysis and applications; 5. The approximation of a linear elastic solid. Basic equations and boundary value problems of linear theory of elasticity; 6. Approximation of a linear elastic body. Applications: brittle and quasi-brittle fracture, strength of structures; 7. The approximation of Newtonian viscous fluids: general comments and basic relations; 8. Approximation of a Newtonian viscous fluid: the boundary layer; 9. Advanced similarity methods: complete and incomplete similarity; 10. The ideal gas approximation. Sound waves. Shock waves; 11. Turbulence: generalities. Scaling laws for shear flows; 12. Turbulence: mathematical models of turbulent shear flows and of the local structure of turbulent flows at very large Reynolds numbers; Bibliography; Index.show more

Review quote

'The present book is a masterful exposition of fluid and solid mechanics, informed by the ideas of scaling and intermediate asymptotics, a methodology and point of view of which Professor Barenblatt is one of the originators ... This is indeed a remarkable book.' Alexandre J. Chorin, from the Foreword 'This book achieves clarity of exposition on fringe but important topics that no other book on the market achieves ... the legendary author Barenblatt and his groundbreaking lifework are spectacularly immortalized in Flow, Deformation and Fracture.' Colin R. Meyer, Pure and Applied Geophysicsshow more

About Grigory Isaakovich Barenblatt

G. I. Barenblatt is Emeritus G. I. Taylor Professor of Fluid Mechanics at the University of Cambridge, Emeritus Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Principal Scientist in the Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.show more