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Mechanics of Solids and Structures

2nd Edition

By Roger T. Fenner, J.N. Reddy

CRC Press

705 pages | 512 B/W Illus.

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A popular text in its first edition, Mechanics of Solids and Structures serves as a course text for the senior/graduate (fourth or fifth year) courses/modules in the mechanics of solid/advanced strength of materials, offered in aerospace, civil, engineering science, and mechanical engineering departments. Now, Mechanics of Solid and Structure, Second Edition presents the latest developments in computational methods that have revolutionized the field, while retaining all of the basic principles and foundational information needed for mastering advanced engineering mechanics.

Key changes to the second edition include full-color illustrations throughout, web-based computational material, and the addition of a new chapter on the energy methods of structural mechanics. Using authoritative, yet accessible language, the authors explain the construction of expressions for both total potential energy and complementary potential energy associated with structures. They explore how the principles of minimal total potential energy and complementary energy provide the means to obtain governing equations of the structure, as well as a means to determine point forces and displacements with ease using Castigliano’s Theorems I and II. The material presented in this chapter also provides a deeper understanding of the finite element method, the most popular method for solving structural mechanics problems.

Integrating computer techniques and programs into the body of the text, all chapters offer exercise problems for further understanding. Several appendices provide examples, answers to select problems, and opportunities for investigation into complementary topics. Listings of computer programs discussed are available on the CRC Press website.


"Each topic is introduced in a careful and systematic manner, developing complexity gently, so that it nurtures and develops a joy for structural systems and the contemporary tools used to solve structural engineering challenges."

—Professor Feargal Brennan, Cranfield University

Table of Contents


Modeling of Engineering Systems

Review of Statics

Concepts of Stress and Strain

Influence of Material Properties

Principles of Mechanics of Solids

Use of Numerical Methods and Computers

Statically Determinate Systems

Pin-Jointed Structures

Uniformly Loaded Thin Shells

Flexible Cables

Relationships between Stress and Strain

Hydrostatic Stress and Volumetric Strain

Elastic Stress–Strain Equations

Other Stress–Strain Relationships

Deformations of Statically Determinate Systems

Statically Indeterminate Systems

Pin-Jointed Structures

Other Statically Indeterminate Systems

Bending of Beams: Moments, Forces, and Stresses

Some Practical Examples of Beams

Shear Forces and Bending Moments in Beams

Stresses Due To Bending

Combined Bending and Axial Loads

Bending of Beams-Deflections

Relationship between Curvature and Bending Moment

Deflection of Statically Determinate Beams

Deflection of Statically Indeterminate Beams

Computer Method for Beam Deflections


Torsion of Shafts

Statically Determinate Torsion Problems

Statically Indeterminate Torsion Problems

Combined Bending and Torsion

Instability and the Buckling of Struts and Columns

Stable, Neutral, and Unstable Equilibrium

Buckling of Pin-Ended Struts

Struts and Columns with Other End Conditions

Transformations of Stress and Strain

Transformation of Stress

Transformation of Strain

Computer Method for Stresses and Strains at a Point

Yield and Fracture Criteria

Equilibrium and Compatibility Equations: Beams and Thick-Walled Cylinders

Stress Equilibrium Equations

Strain Compatibility Equations

Application to Beam Bending

Application to Thick-Walled Cylinders and Disks

Energy Methods of Structural Mechanics

Concepts of Work and Energy

Strain Energy and Complementary Strain Energy

Virtual Work and Complementary Virtual Work

Variational Operator and Fundamental Lemma

The Principle of Virtual Displacements and its Special Cases

The Principle of Virtual Forces and its Special Cases


Appendix A: Properties of Materials

Appendix B: Moments of Area

Appendix D: Deflections and Slopes for Some Common Cases of the Bending of

Uniform Beams


About the Series

Applied and Computational Mechanics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Mechanics / General