Mechanics of Solids provides an introduction to the behaviour of solid materials under various loading conditions, focusing upon the fundamental concepts and principles of statics and stress analysis. As the primary recommended text of the Council of Engineering Institutions for university undergraduates studying mechanics of solids it is essential reading for mechanical engineering undergraduates and also students on many civil, structural, aeronautical and other engineering courses. The mathematics in this book has been kept as straightforward as possible and worked examples are used to reinforce key concepts. Practical stress and strain scenarios are covered, including simple stress and strain, torsion, bending, elastic failure and buckling. Many examples are given of thin-walled structures, beams, struts and composite structures. This third edition includes new chapters on matrix algebra, linear elastic fracture mechanics, material property considerations and more on strain energy methods. The companion website www.routledge.com/cw/bird provides full solutions to all 575 further problems in the text, multiple-choice tests, a list of essential formulae, resources for adopting course instructors, together with several practical demonstrations by Professor Ross.

chapter Chapter 1|20 pages

Revisionary mathematics

chapter Chapter 2|32 pages

Further revisionary mathematics

chapter Chapter 3|35 pages


chapter Chapter 4|22 pages

Stress and strain

chapter Chapter 5|21 pages

Geometrical properties of symmetrical sections

chapter Chapter 6|18 pages

Bending stresses in beams

chapter Chapter 7|17 pages

Beam deflections due to bending

chapter Chapter 8|32 pages


chapter Chapter 9|30 pages

Complex stress and strain

chapter Chapter 11|40 pages

Energy methods

chapter Chapter 12|11 pages

Theories of elastic failure

chapter Chapter 13|23 pages

Thick cylinders and spheres

chapter Chapter 14|17 pages

The buckling of struts

chapter Chapter 15|16 pages

Asymmetrical bending of beams

chapter Chapter 16|20 pages

Shear stresses in bending and shear deflections

chapter Chapter 17|16 pages

Experimental strain analysis

chapter Chapter 18|10 pages

An introduction to matrix algebra

chapter Chapter 19|16 pages


chapter Chapter 20|20 pages

The matrix displacement method

chapter Chapter 21|11 pages

The finite element method

chapter Chapter 22|20 pages

An introduction to linear elastic fracture mechanics

chapter Chapter 23|21 pages

Material property considerations