Continuum Mechanics in the Earth Sciences

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This interdisciplinary book provides geoscientists, physicists and applied mathematicians with a class-tested, accessible overview of continuum mechanics. Starting from thermodynamic principles and ga

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Publisher Cambridge
Language ENGLISH
Publish year 2012
Pages 194 pages
ISBN 9780521562898

Description

Continuum mechanics underlies many geological and geophysical phenomena, from earthquakes and faults to the fluid dynamics of the Earth. This interdisciplinary book provides geoscientists, physicists and applied mathematicians with a class-tested, accessible overview of continuum mechanics. Starting from thermodynamic principles and geometrical insights, the book surveys solid, fluid and gas dynamics. In later review chapters, it explores new aspects of the field emerging from nonlinearity and dynamical complexity and provides a brief introduction to computational modeling. Simple, yet rigorous, derivations are used to review the essential mathematics. The author emphasizes the full three-dimensional geometries of real-world examples, enabling students to apply this in deconstructing solid earth and planet-related problems. Problem sets and worked examples are provided, making this a practical resource for graduate students in geophysics, planetary physics and geology and a beneficial tool for professional scientists seeking a better understanding of the mathematics and physics within Earth sciences.

Features

– Provides a unified overview of continuum mechanics by presenting an integrative approach to solid and fluid mechanics, with insights into the role of nonlinearity and complexity
– Presents continuum mechanics from the perspective of physics-based principles such as thermodynamics, avoiding formulaic mathematical expansion
– Gives insight into the key role played by geometry, enabling students to employ intuitive, visual deconstruction of a problem in three dimensions

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1. Some mathematical essentials
2. Stress principles
3. Deformation and motion
4. Fundamental laws and equations
5. Linear elastic solids
6. Classical fluids
7. Geophysical fluid dynamics
8. Computation in continuum mechanics
9. Nonlinearity in the Earth
References
Index.

Additional information

Weight600 g
Publisher

Language

ENGLISH

Pages

194

Year of publication

2012

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