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Physical Foundations of Continuum Mechanics (Hardback)
  • Physical Foundations of Continuum Mechanics (Hardback)

Physical Foundations of Continuum Mechanics (Hardback)

Hardback 434 Pages / Published: 22/10/2012
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Ian Murdoch's Physical Foundations of Continuum Mechanics will interest engineers, mathematicians, and physicists who study the macroscopic behaviour of solids and fluids or engage in molecular dynamical simulations. In contrast to standard works on the subject, Murdoch's book examines physical assumptions implicit in continuum modelling from a molecular perspective. In so doing, physical interpretations of concepts and fields are clarified by emphasising both their microscopic origin and sensitivity to scales of length and time. Murdoch expertly applies this approach to theories of mixtures, generalised continua, fluid flow through porous media, and systems whose molecular content changes with time. Elements of statistical mechanics are included, for comparison, and two extensive appendices address relevant mathematical concepts and results. This unique and thorough work is an authoritative reference for both students and experts in the field.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521765589
Number of pages: 434
Weight: 1020 g
Dimensions: 253 x 177 x 27 mm

'Numerous books have been written on the subject, but this book has unique features that make it somewhat different from the conventional [ones] ... the microscale viewpoints of the book are somewhat unique and may cultivate a different view of continuum models in students.' Majid Molki, Heat Transfer Engineering
'This is a very instructive book ... useful for researchers, teachers and graduate students ... numerous exercises, examples and additional comments ... are very helpful for a better understanding of the nature of the treated subjects.' Vladimir Cadez, Zentralblatt MATH
'The subject is developed carefully and rigorously. Relevant mathematical background is included in appendices. ... The volume presents a stimulating and original approach to a fundamental problem in physics and is recommended to all workers in continuum mechanics concerned with how their subject may be consistently and generally grounded in atomic theory.' Peter Holland, Contemporary Physics

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