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12.005 Applications of Continuum Mechanics to Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

As taught in: Spring 2006

Figure showing strain ellipse and reciprocal strain ellipse.

Strain ellipses and their axes. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)




Prof. Bradford Hager

Course Features

Course Description

This course focuses on the practical applications of the continuum concept for deformation of solids and fluids, emphasizing force balance. Topics include stress tensor, infinitesimal and finite strain, and rotation tensors. Constitutive relations applicable to geological materials, including elastic, viscous, brittle, and plastic deformation are studied.