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Mechanics of Soft Materials: Lecture Notes

Konstantin Volokh's picture

I finished the grad course on Mechanics of Soft Materials. It took 14 weeks with 2 academic hours per week and it covered the following topics: 1 Tensors 2 Kinematics 3 Balance laws 4 Isotropic elasticity 5 Anisotropic elasticity 6 Viscoelasticity 7 Chemo-mechanical coupling 8 Electro-mechanical coupling.

I attach the class notes and I will be grateful for the remarks, corrections, and criticism from iMechanicians.

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yawlou's picture

I skimmed over the notes and now I want to spend more time looking at them.  The notes look very good.  I think you have provided some really good examples.  Thank you for sharing this with the imechanica community.



D.Rittel's picture


Congratulations for this new course and many thanks for sharing your notes with us!



D. Rittel

Konstantin Volokh's picture

Thank you guys for your kind remarks Laughing

Shailendra's picture

Hi Kosta,

Nice set of notes. I intend to pick some of the examples in hyperelasticity that you've discussed in your notes for my continuum mechanics students. Do you ask your students to write/ use any code(s) during the course?


Konstantin Volokh's picture

Shailendra, good to hear from you. No, I do not ask them to write a code. I am already happy
when they know to manipulate tensors.

I will also teach grad Continuum Mechanics next semester. It will be a similar
course with emphasis on plasticity, however.



Hello Kosta and all,

I've a reasonable good knowledge of linear FE and have also been coding geometric non linear problems-Load control,Displacement control and Generalised displacement control.I've coded in MathCAD and have results!

Can you guide me on how to study continuum mechanics WITHOUT A TEACHER!

What will be the benefits of studying continuum mechanics?

What are the pre-requisites prior to a course on Contnuum mechanics?

Konstantin Volokh's picture

I updated the PDF correcting numerous typos

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