Mechanics of Solids


Mechanics of solids:
The mechanics of deformable solids is more concerned with the internal forces and associated
changes in the geometry of the components involved. Of particular importance are the properties of
the materials used, the strength of which will determine whether the components fail by breaking in
service, and the stiffness of which will determine whether the amount of deformation they suffer is
acceptable. Therefore, the subject of mechanics of materials or strength of materials is central to the
whole activity of engineering design. Usually the objectives in analysis here will be the determination
of the stresses, strains, and deflections produced by loads. Theoretical analyses and experimental
results have an equal roles in this field.



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