My previous exposure to solid mechanics is tangential beyond a first semester course in beam bending, beam stretching, and beam torsion. I am a master of Mohr's circle, and am looking to extend my practice in solid mechanics to include interesting problems and applications of the theory of solids.
I studied Engineering Mechanics as an undergraduate, and received a second degree in Mathematics, with a concentration in Applied Math.
I have not taken any courses focusing on mechanics before, though ES51 (Computer Aided Machine Design) briefly touched on some topics. My undergraduate major was Physics. My strengths will be my comfort with mathematics as well as my exposure to professor Howard Stone's undergraduate class in Fluid Mechanics (ES123). My weakness will definitely be my lack of exposure to any other mechanics courses.
My name is Matt Pharr, and I am a first year graduate student at Harvard in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. I am working with Dr. Zhigang Suo's research group http://www.seas.harvard.edu/suo/ . My concentration is in solid mechanics, so ES 240 is obviously fundamentally important to my future research. One of my main goals in this class is to build a solid foundation in solid mechanics. More specifically, I want to be able to better analyze problems and understand equations in terms of their physical meaning.
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My name is Pawel and I am a Junior in Harvard College, studying Mechanical and Materials Science and Engineering.
The only course in solid mechanics I've taken so far is the Harvard's undergraduate intro course ES 120 - I guess it's similar to intro courses offered at other universities. Bits and pieces of solid mechanics also appeared in some other courses, but mostly in a very basic form.
Hi everyone, very glad to see you here. My name is Kejie Zhao, a first year phd student working in Prof.Zhigang Suo's group (www.seas.harvard.edu/suo). My concentration is solid mechanics with the same name of this course, it also signifies its importance to my future research. I graduate from Xi'an Jiaotong University in China before coming to Harvard. There I obtained my bachelor and master degree in Engineering Mechanics and Solid Mechanics respectively.
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Andrew and I decided to work on some design topics.
Given a reference domain, some boundary conditions and a limited amount of material, which can not fill the whole domain, we want to determine the material distribution inside the domain so that the structure generated will contain the minimum elastic energy. This is called minimum compliance problem, a topic in the field of topology optimization.
Nathan Thielen and I will be investigating straight beams, bent beams and how the analysis can be applied to hooks. We did not have much time to investigate beams in ES240 this term so we hope to gain a broader understanding of this area and share our findings with the rest of the class. The primary goal is to compare the analysis necessary for straight beams versus the analysis needed for bent beams. We choose the project because we also will have ample opportunity to investigate bent beams and hooks using FEM.
Christian and I thought comparing the theory of bent beams to that of straight beams would be interesting because we only explored straight beams this semester in class. Bent beams are important since they are encountered regularly in practice, for example a hook. The geometry of a bent beam changes the equations governing the behavior. So, understanding how the geometry changes the beams behavior is our primary interest.