Useful Resources

This page will collect a variety of resources used by researchers across the different disciplines represented in Oxford Solid Mechanics. It is hoped that by collecting these here, more understanding can be gained of differing terminology and 'common knowledge' for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Mathematical Textbooks

A First Course in Continuum Mechanics by O. Gonzalez and A. M. Stuart (2008).

A very readable introduction to the basic principles of continuum mechanics, with a focus on clearly explaining how models of solid deformation and fluid flow can be derived from assumptions concerning conserved quantities and constitutive laws. This is an excellent book for introducing tensor calculus and kinematics, although it doesn't go into any of the differential geometry required for unusual geometries, and it doesn't give any practical examples of solving the equations that it formulates. (Review by Cameron Hall).

Applied Solid Mechanics by P. Howell, G. Kozyreff and J. Ockendon (2009).

Another excellent book that introduces the equations of elasticity, and then clearly describes mathematical techniques used to construct analytical or approximate solutions to the equations of elasticity in a wide range of common and useful situations (antiplane strain, plane strain, torsion, simple rods and shells, simple contact problems etc.). While there isn't much about numerical methods, it's a wide-ranging and practical guide to exploiting simplifications that can be made if certain assumptions hold. (Review by Cameron Hall).

Web Resources

Defects in Crystals by H Föll, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel.

A good clear introduction to both theoretical and experimental aspects of studying defects in crystals. The website describes point defects, dislocations and grain boundaries, and aspects of their statics and dynamics. It now looks a little dated, but is nevertheless a useful resource. (Review by Thomas Hudson).

DoITPoMS, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge.

An excellent resource for learning about many topics covered by an undergraduate course in materials. Includes a wide variety of multimedia, and "Teaching and Learning Packages" with self-assessment tests. (Review by Thomas Hudson).


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Regular Seminar Series

The list below details relevant seminar series organised by the various research groups involved in Oxford Solid Mechanics.