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# Continuum Mechanics

with emphasis on metals & viscoelastic materials

## Description

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.

### Fracture Mechanics Website

Visit www.fracturemechanics.org, my new website on fracture mechanics. It is under development, but will eventually contain information on linear and nonlinear fracture mechanics, as well as fatigue crack growth.

### Kick-Off Survey

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 Author Xiaohan Zhang, PhD Email xiaohanzhang1985@gmail.com

## Textbook

Introduction to the Mechanics of a Continuous Medium, Lawrence E. Malvern, 1969.

## Fracture Mechanics Website

Visit our sister website, www.fracturemechanics.org, for information on fracture mechanics. It is under development, but will eventually contain information on linear and nonlinear fracture mechanics, as well as fatigue crack growth mechanisms.

### 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="http://cdn.mathjax.org/mathjax/latest/MathJax.js?config=default"></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.

Xiaohan Zhang
July 2015