This website presents the principles of finite deformation continuum mechanics with many example applications to metals
and incompressible viscoelastic materials (rubber). It can serve as lecture notes for a graduate level course in
continuum mechanics for engineers interested in the subject.
It is under development,
but will eventually contain information on linear and nonlinear fracture mechanics, as well as fatigue crack growth.
A Note About The Web Technologies Used Here
Two relatively new web technologies are used on these pages. The first is
Scalable Vector Graphics,
or SVG. Pages on this site will display SVG files in compatible browsers, and PNG files in incompatible ones.
The advantage of SVG over PNG is that SVG graphics can be scaled to any size without the onset of pixelization.
SVG files used here were created using
Inkscape,
an excellent graphics program available free on the internet
here.
The second new technology used here is
MathJax,
a Javascript based display engine for mathematical equations programmed in the
LaTeX language.
MathJax eliminates the need to display equations as
GIF or PNG graphics files (or even SVG for that matter).
MathJax
requires only the following line of code in the <HEAD> segment of a webpage.
<script type="text/javascript" src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/mathjax/2.7.5/latest.js?config=TeX-MML-AM_CHTML"></script>
It is then possible to program any math expression in the HTML source using the
LaTeX language.
For example, typing
\(\sigma_{ij}\)
produces \( \sigma_{ij} \).
I'm often asked what software I used to develop the webpages. The answer is...
the Vim editor (
www.vim.org).
Vim is the Windows-based version of the venerable Vi editor on Unix, and now
Linux systems. I typed everything by hand.
Bob McGinty
February 2012