Toachieve design, implementation,and servicing ofcomplex systems and struc- tures in an efficient and cost-effective way,a deeper knowledge and understanding of the subtle cast and detailed evolution of materials is needed. The analysis in demand borders with the molecular and atomic one, spanning all the way down from classical continua. The study of the behavior of complex materials in sophisticated devices also opens intricate questions about the applicability of primary axioms ofcontinuum mechanics such as the ultimate nature of the material element itselfand the possibility ofidentifying itperfectly. So it is necessary to develop tools that allow usto formulate both theoretical models and methods of numerical approximation for the analysis of material substructures. Multifield theories in continuum mechanics, which bridge classical materials science and modern continuum mechanics, provide precisely these tools. Multifield theories not only address problems of material substructures, but also encompass well-recognized approaches to the study of soft condensed matter and allow one to model disparate conditions in various states ofmatter. However, research inmultifield theories is vast, and there is little in the way of a comprehensive distillation of the subject from an engineer's perspective. Therefore, the papers in the present volume, 1 which grew out of our experience as editors for an engineeringjournal, tackle some fundamental questions,suggest solutions of concrete problems, and strive to interpret a host of experimental evidence. In this spirit, each of the authors has contributed original results having in mind their wider applicability.
Publisher: Birkhauser Boston Inc
Number of pages: 263
Weight: 1260 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 17 mm
Edition: 2004 ed.
"As an outgrowth of a symposium held in Taormina, Italy, in 2001, ten invited papers on multifield theories for continua with substructure are presented here. Multifield theories aim to bridge the area between materials science and continuum mechanics. From the standpoint of material constituents, the simplest model is considered in the contribution of I. Muller: a monatomic gas.... Other contributions deal with the interaction of polymer chains and the turbulent state of a fluid...with topological properties of defects, of shape memory and others. The perhaps most theoretical article is by Cendra, Marsden and Ratiu on...extended...Poisson brackets with cocycles. The articles, though dealing with nontrivial matters, are quite readable and informative even for the nonspecialist."
-Monatshefte fur Mathematik
"...This compendium is extremely diverse ...The individual contributions in this compendium are certainly quite interesting and worth reading."