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This graduate course is run as part of the **Taught Course Centre** for the Mathematical Sciences organised in collaboration with Bristol, Imperial, Oxford and Warwick. (Follow this link for further information)

MA30253: Continuum Mechanics

This course develops a general theory of continuum mechanics which can then be applied to modelling gases, fluids and elastic solids. In a continuum theory, we assume that the material is infinitely finely divisible, ignoring the atomic structure. This turns out to provide realistic models and predictions at length scales much larger than the interatomic distance. We then apply this theory to the study of inviscid fluids. (Unit description.)

Introduction to course handout.

Background results on Linear Algebra

**Course Diary**

Week 1: Introduction to continuum mechanics

Week 2 : Review of vector calculus, Einstein convention, kinematics of continua, material and spatial descriptions, homogeneous deformations

Week 3: Material derivative, streamlines and particle paths, local state of deformation, rate of change of deformation gradient, velocity gradient.

**Relevant text books include:**

- "Mechanics of Continuous Media" by S.C. Hunter
- "A First Course in Continuum Mechanics" by O. Gonzalez and A.M. Stuart (online version of book available from the University of Bath library)
- "An Introduction to Continuum Mechanics" by M.E. Gurtin
- D.J. Acheson "Elementary fluid Dynamics"
- A. Chorin & J.E. Marsden "Mathematical introduction to fluid mechanics"
- D.E. Bourne & P.C. Kendall "Vector analysis & cartesian tensors"

- G.K. Batchelor "An introduction to fluid dynamics"

In this course we develop and study the fundamental principles underlying continuum mechanics and then apply these to the study of viscous fluids. (Unit description.)

**Relevant text books include:**

- "Mechanics of Continuous Media" by S.C. Hunter
- "A First Course in Continuum Mechanics" by O. Gonzalez and A.M. Stuart (online version of book available from the University of Bath library)
- "An Introduction to Continuum Mechanics" by M.E. Gurtin
- D.J. Acheson "Elementary fluid Dynamics"
- A. Chorin & J.E. Marsden "Mathematical introduction to fluid mechanics"
- D.E. Bourne & P.C. Kendall "Vector analysis & cartesian tensors"

- G.K. Batchelor "An introduction to fluid dynamics"

In this course, we develop the general principles of the theory of elasticity. The classical theory of linear elasticity can then be obtained by expanding the constitutive law relating stress to strain in a neighbourhood of the undeformed state.

**Relevant text books include:**

"Mechanics of Continuous Media" by S.C. Hunter

"Mathematical Elasticity, Volume 1: Three-Dimensional Elasticity" by P.G. Ciarlet

"A First Course in Continuum Mechanics" by O. Gonzalez and A.M. Stuart (online version of book available from the University of Bath library)

"An Introduction to Continuum Mechanics" by M.E. Gurtin

"Nonlinear Elastic deformations" by R.W. Ogden

"Continuum Mechanics" by A.J.M. Spencer

Interesting practical aspects of materials science are contained in:

"The New Science of Strong Materials" by J.E. Gordon (first published 1968)

This course has the intertwoven themes of ordinary differential equations, the Calculus of Variations, Lagrangian Systems and Hamiltonian Systems, and looks at some of the elegant and striking connections between them.

Hamilton’s Principle states that a system evolves in such a way that a given integral over the path, called the action integral, is stationary. Fermat’s Principle, that light rays travel through a material along paths that minimise the total travel time, is an example of Hamilton’s Principle. The condition that the given integral is minimised then leads to a differential equation, called the Euler-Lagrange equation(s), for the path itself. This approach is known generally as a ‘variational principle’ and many familiar problems in physics, such as Newton’s laws of motion, can be recast in this way. The study of such variational problems constitutes the Calculus of Variations. In many cases, the Euler-Lagrange equations can in turn be recast as a first order autonomous system of differential equations, called a Hamiltonian System, which allows us to deduce general properties of solutions by studying the geometry of the flow induced by the differential equation(s) in the corresponding phase space.

The concepts and principles introduced in this course have led to many developments in modern pure mathematics (such as symplectic geometry and ergodic theory) and, besides applying to the equations of classical mechanics, they have motivated much of modern physics.

**Relevant text books include: **

"Introduction to Analytical Dynamics" by N.M.J. Woodhouse (Online version of book available from University of Bath Library)

"Calculus of Variations" by Gelfand and Fomin

"Mechanics" by Landau and Lifshitz

"Optimization-Theory and Applications" by L. Cesari

"Variational Calculus and Optimal Control" by J.L. Troutman

" Principles of Mechanics" by J.L. Synge and B.A. Griffiths

"Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics" by V.I. Arnold

"The Feynman Lectures on Physics", Volume 2, by R. Feynman

"Introduction to Dynamics" by Percival and Richards

"Analytical Dynamics of Particles" by Whittaker

"Mechanics" by V. Kibble

"A Geometrical Theory of ODEs" by V.I. Arnold

"A Treatise on Analytical Dynamics" by Pars