1st Edition

Applications of Differential Equations in Engineering and Mechanics

ISBN 9780367026431
Published December 11, 2018 by CRC Press
805 Pages 293 B/W Illustrations

USD $105.00

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Book Description

This second of two comprehensive reference texts on differential equations continues coverage of the essential material students they are likely to encounter in solving engineering and mechanics problems across the field - alongside a preliminary volume on theory.

This book covers a very broad range of problems, including beams and columns, plates, shells, structural dynamics, catenary and cable suspension bridge, nonlinear buckling, transports and waves in fluids, geophysical fluid flows, nonlinear waves and solitons, Maxwell equations, Schrodinger equations, celestial mechanics and fracture mechanics and dynamics. The focus is on the mathematical technique for solving the differential equations involved.

All readers who are concerned with and interested in engineering mechanics problems, climate change, and nanotechnology will find topics covered in this book providing valuable information and mathematics background for their multi-disciplinary research and education.

Table of Contents

Theory of Beams and Columns. Theory of Plates. Theory of Shells. Structural Dynamics. Catenary and Cable Suspension Bridges. Nonlinear Buckling. Transports and Waves in Fluids. Geophysical Fluid Flows. Nonlinear Waves and Solitons. Mathematical Theory for Maxwell Equations. Quantum Mechanics and Schrodinger Equation. Celestial Mechanics. Fracture Mechanics and Dynamics.

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Professor K.T. Chau is Chair Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and former Associate Dean (Research and Development) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he was awarded the "Teaching Excellence Award in 2012/2013" by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and past President of the Hong Kong Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. He is the Chairman of the Elasticity Committee of the Engineering Mechanics Division of ASCE, the Chairman of the TC103 Technical Committee of Numerical Methods on Geomechanics of International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and the Chairman of the Geomechanics Committee of the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME. He is also the Vice President of the Hong Kong Institute of Science.

His book "Analytic Methods in Geomechanics" was published in 2013 by CRC Press, and it is the first book of its kind, covering, continuum mechanics, tensor analysis, 2-D elasticity, 3-D elasticity, plasticity, fracture mechanics, viscoelasticity, poroelasticity, and dynamics and waves in geomaterials. Since 2012, he has been teaching subjects called "Engineering Analysis" and "Engineering Analysis & Computation" at PolyU. They are mainly using differential equations in engineering analysis.


"Another very unique and useful book by Prof. K. T. Chau, with elaborate and novel applications, modeling, examples and interpretations; enabling research into new frontiers."

-- Ken P. Chong, George Washington University, USA

"This impressive and original treatment of mechanics applications is based on the underlying theme of differential equations. The applications range through a wide variety of topics, including structures, such as beams, plates and shells, turbulence, geophysical fluid flows, celestial and quantum mechanics and fracture. The book will be a great resource for students and researchers."

-- John Rudnicki, Northwestern University