It is with great pleasure that I accepted invitation of Adnan Ibrahimbegovic to write this preface, for this invitation gave me the privilege to be one of the ?rsttoreadhisbookandallowedmetoonceagainemphasizetheimportance for our discipline of solid mechanics, which is currently under considerable development, to produce the reference books suitable for students and all other researchers and engineers who wish to advance their knowledge on the subject. Thesolidmechanicshascloselyfollowedtheprogressincomputerscienceand is currently undergoing a true revolution where the numerical modelling and simulations are playing the central role. In the industrial environment, the 'virtual' (or the computing science) is present everywhere in the design and engineering procedures. I have a habit of saying that the solid mechanics has become the science of modelling and inthat respectexpanded beyondits t- ditional frontiers. Several facets of current developments have already been treated in di?erent works published within the series 'Studies in mechanics of materials and structures'; for example, modelling heterogeneous materials (Besson et al.
), fracture mechanics (Leblond), computational strategies and namely LATIN method (Ladev' eze), instability problems (NQ Son) and ve- ?cation of ?nite element method (Ladev' eze-Pelle). To these (French) books, one should also add the work of Lemaitre-Chaboche on nonlinear behavior of solid materials and of Batoz on ?nite element method.
Number of pages: 574
Weight: 2220 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 33 mm
Edition: 2009 ed.
From the reviews:
"Examining modelling and ultimate limit computation of complex structures, the text ... focuses on finite element solution methods. Who is it for? Undergraduates and postgraduates in the field of physics, materials science, chemistry and electrical engineering disciplines. ... it is perfectly complemented by numerous illustrations and worked examples. Would you recommend it? Definitely for anyone studying solid state theory." (Times Higher Education, December, 2009)