Fundamentals of Solid Mechanics

IUSS Pavia
ES - Engineering Seismology
Spring 2010
Date (from - to):
19/04/2010 – 14/05/2010
This course covers subjects of continuum mechanics which are relevant in applications to earthquake engineering problems and are only in part included in standard courses of Civil/Structural Engineering curriculum. It has a fundamental emphasis but contains also some particular problems of practical character. These are, for instance, elastic waves, fault mechanics and earthquake rupture.

Suggested readings:

  • [1] R. M. Christensen; Theory of Viscoelasticity. An IntroductionTheory of Viscoelasticity. An Introduction, Academic Press, N. Y. 1971.
  • [2] J. C. Jaeger, N. G. W. Cook, R. W. Zimmerman; Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics, Blackwell, 2007.
  • [3] J. Lemaitre, J.-L. Chaboche; Mechanics of Solid Materials, Cambridge University Press, 1990.
  • [4] J. R. Rice; The Mechanics of Earthquake Rupture, in: Physics of the Earth’s Interior, A. M. Dziewonski, E. Boschi (eds.), North Holland, 1980.
  • [5] H. F. Wang; Theory of Linear Poroelasticity with Applications to Geomechanics and Hydrogeology, Princeton University Press, 2000.
  • [6] K. Wilmanski; Thermomechanics of Continua, Springer, Berlin, 1998.
  • [7] K. Wilmanski; Continuum Thermodynamics. Part I: Foundations, World Scientific, 2008.


The course in the form of a booklet of some 150 pages will be provided before the beginning of the first lecture. The accompanying exercises and home works will be also available to the participants before the beginning of the course. The supervision of lectures will be provided by prof. dr Krzysztof Wilmanski and the classroom exercises and their supervision will be provided by dr. Bettina Albers (Technical University, Berlin).