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Mechanics of Solid Materials by Jean-Louis Chaboche, Jean Lemaitre

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INTRODUCTION

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First on its title: the book deals with mechanics, that is the study of equilibrium and motion by considering relations between forces (or stresses) and displacements (or strains), time, and possibly temperature. It is applied to the structural materials used in mechanical and civil engineering: metals and alloys, natural organic materials (wood) or synthetics (plastics), and concrete. Thus, it is concerned with the study of the properties of resistance to deformation and fracture. These properties are intrinsic to the material, and are usually defined with reference to a volume element, independent of the geometry ...

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