The Elements of Continuum Biomechanics (Hardcover)
The Elements of Continuum Biomechanics introduces the principles of biomechanics using a one-dimensional approach to allow readers to more easily understand the mathematical and practical details of this complex area. Applying theory to specific examples in biomechanics, this theoretical framework allows the reader a clear understanding of the topic. The author presents the fundamentals in a traditional manner then moves on to discuss more complex topics related to biomechanics. The book includes treatments of materials with fading memory (exemplified by striated muscle), mixture theory (cartilage), theories with internal variables (growth and remodeling) and non-local interactions. A section also covers the finite element method which can be presented in greater detail by introducing the calculus of variations and the notion of weak formulation of equations of balance. Using case studies and examples from situations met in biomechanics, this book explains continuum mechanics.