Interaction of Mechanics and Mathematics

Variational Principles of Continuum Mechanics

II. Applications

Authors: Berdichevsky, Victor

  • Concise and understandable book about variational principles of continuum mechanics presenting the classical models
  • Accessible to applied mathematicians, physicists and engineers who have an interest in continuum mechanics
  • Interesting and innovative textbook for graduate students
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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.

This book, the second volume, describes how the variational approach can be applied to constructing models of continuum media, such as the theory of elastic plates; shells and beams; shallow water theory; heterogeneous mixtures; granular materials; and turbulence. It goes on to apply the variational approach to asymptotical analysis of problems with small parameters, such as the derivation of the theory of elastic plates, shells and beams from three-dimensional elasticity theory; and the basics of homogenization theory. A theory of stochastic variational problems is considered in detail too, along with applications to the homogenization of continua with random microstructures.

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“This new book goes far beyond anything currently available concerning variational principles in continuum mechanics. … We have at hand a monument that all students and professionals in applied mathematics, physics and engineering will praise and naturally keep handy on their bookshelf. Teacher will find in the book a wealth of pedagogical material for many one- semester courses. They and their students will appreciate the clarity simplicity and ingenuity of many arguments offered without pedantry and sacrifice of rigour.” (Gerard A. Maugin, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2011 a)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Theory of Elastic Plates and Shells

    Berdichevsky, Victor L.

    Pages 589-714

  • Elastic Beams

    Berdichevsky, Victor L.

    Pages 715-750

  • Some Stochastic Variational Problems

    Berdichevsky, Victor L.

    Pages 751-815

  • Homogenization

    Berdichevsky, Victor L.

    Pages 817-897

  • Homogenization of Random Structures: a Closer View

    Berdichevsky, Victor L.

    Pages 899-959

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eBook $99.00
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Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-540-88468-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Variational Principles of Continuum Mechanics
Book Subtitle
II. Applications
Authors
Series Title
Interaction of Mechanics and Mathematics
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-88469-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-88469-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-88468-2
Series ISSN
1860-6245
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 430
Topics