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Theory of Elasticity Hardcover – 1934

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Company; 3rd edition (1934)
  • ASIN: B0015QA7MY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gang Wang on April 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It is said Tymoshenko is among the first who introduced mechanics to the states. I gave it five stars because of its historical importance.I have this book on shelf, due to it large influence but, to be frank, seldom referred to it. This book, like all other Tymoshenko's books, was written in a pure engieering fashion. If you are looking at these solved problems, like twisting of a prismatic bars, this is the book for you. It involves many classical technique for solving boundary value problmes. However, if you are more theoretically orientated, there are much better presentations outside, from the moderate mathematical Fung's book, to the highly mathematical Green's book. It is my opinion that the beautiful theoretical parts of elasticity are absent in Tymoshenko.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A classic text and a good buy for a whole career. It covers everything. I know it is quite an old book but it is still the best one around about elasticity. I was using this book in my university years when I was doing a General Engineering course however, I still find it very useful. This book is a must-have for all engineers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carl S Schneider on September 17, 2013
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This text describes stress and strain of complex bodies under diverse loading in full mathematical treatment. It is a graduate text with many sections of deep insight into the solutions of these problems. Early sections of the book describe one dimensional problems suitable for undergraduates.
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The stress matrix is covered in the first few pages of the text. Normal stresses comprise the diagonal and shear stresses the off diagonal elements. The matrix is shown to be symmetric by summing torques about a small rectangular parallelepiped in equilibrium in the material-the shear stresses cancel in pairs proving the symmetry. (Care and note should be taken of the initial position and directions of these stress vectors as they form a reference base just as you might define in strength of materials.) Similar arguments are used to derive the differential equations of equilibrium-pretty much elementary engineering statics. The most difficult part is also in the first few pages where strain is defined and constructed as a differential(Really!). Hooke's Law of course relates stress to strain and enters our system of equations as the compatibility equations. A new function is introduced, the stress function, an auxiliary function which arises as we explore the form of these equations and all quantities we seek can be written in terms of various combinations of derivatives of this. This is like in electromagnetism where Maxwell's Equations can be written in terms of vector and scalar potentials, solved and the fields arise as combinations of derivatives of these potentials. As other reviewers have commented the book is chock full of examples which can help if the example at least has some similarities to your problem. In chapter 8 where general theorems are derived, in the section on Castigliano's Theorem, roughly stated, is found that the stress field(the solution) arises so as to make the total stress energy a minimum-a variational principle! In the next section the Rayleigh-Ritz method is applied using this principle-the direct ancestor of the finite element method. Other than this F.E.M.Read more ›
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By Marcus on October 4, 2013
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Classic Elasticity book. Must buy if you are a mechanical engineer or structural engineer. Most simple explanation of theory of elasticity and gentilly introduces tensors so that even if you suck at math its possible to understand.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GTi16V on December 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Although this book does not show how to solve the problem comprehensively like the general textbook, it goes straight to the point what the ideas are required. As known, all problems could be solved numerically, very few problems could be solved analyically. He was paying attention to the latter so there is no need to proceed steps by steps.

Basically, if you are a newbie, this book is not for you. You'd better consult with the books of Saada or Dym. If you have a strong background in Maths and Mechanics, you would greatly appreciate this book.

The most beautiful thing of this book heard from many professors is you could imaginarily see how genius a person could grap something from the sky and apply to the problem precisely. Generally, there are thousands of Maths but there is only one that fits the best.
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