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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Engineering Mechanics 1


Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9783642303197
Publication Date August 2012
Formats Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Springer

Statics is the first volume of a three-volume textbook on Engineering Mechanics.

The authors, using a time-honoured straightforward and flexible approach, present the basic concepts and principles of mechanics in the clearest and simplest form possible to advanced undergraduate engineering students of various disciplines and different educational backgrounds.

An important objective of this book is to develop problem solving skills in a systematic manner.

Another aim of this volume is to provide engineering students as well as practising engineers with a solid foundation to help them bridge the gap between undergraduate studies on the one hand and advanced courses on mechanics and/or practical engineering problems on the other.

The book contains numerous examples, along with their complete solutions. Emphasis is placed upon student participation in problem solving. The contents of the book correspond to the topics normally covered in courses on basic engineering mechanics at universities and colleges.

Now in its second English edition, this material has been in use for two decades in Germany, and has benefited from many practical improvements and the authors’ teaching experience over the years. New to this edition are the extra supplementary examples available online as well as the TM-tools necessary to work with this method.


Dietmar Gross received his Engineering Diploma in Applied Mechanics and his Doctor of Engineering degree at the University of Rostock. He was Research Associate at the University of Stuttgart and since 1976 he is Professor of Mechanics at the University of Darmstadt. His research interests are mainly focused on modern solid mechanics on the macro and micro scale, including advanced materials,   

Werner Hauger studied Applied Mathematics and Mechanics at the University of Karlsruhe and  received his Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University in Evanston. He worked in industry for several years, was a Professor at the Helmut-Schmidt-University in Hamburg and went to the University of Darmstadt in 1978. His research interests are, among others, theory of stability, dynamic plasticity and biomechanics.  

Jörg Schröder studied Civil Engineering, received his doctoral degree at the University of Hannover and habilitated at the University of Stuttgart. He was Professor of Mechanics at the University of Darmstadt and went to the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2001. His fields of research are theoretical and computer-oriented continuum mechanics, modeling of functional materials as well as the further development of the finite element method.

Wolfgang A. Wall studied Civil Engineering at Innsbruck University and received his doctoral degree from the University of Stuttgart. Since 2003 he is Professor of Mechanics at the TU München and Head of the Institute for Computational Mechanics. His research interests cover broad fields in computational mechanics, including both solid and fluid mechanics. His recent focus is on multiphysics and multiscale problems as well as computational biomechanics.

Nimal Rajapakse studied Civil Engineering at the University of Sri Lanka and received Doctor of Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology in 1983. He was Professor of Mechanics and Department Head at the University of Manitoba and at the University of British Columbia. He is currently Dean of Applied Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. His research interests include mechanics of advanced materials and geomechanics.

Basic Concepts
Forces with a Common Point of Application
General Systems of Forces, Equilibrium of a Rigid Body
Center of Gravity, Center of Mass, Centroids
Support Reactions
Beams, Frames, Arches
Work and Potential Energy
Static and Kinetic Friction


From the reviews of the second edition:“This small book … does a good job covering most of the traditional topics in statics. … This is a nicely done and rigorous work on statics; it can be used as a primary textbook, supplemental reading, or for self-study. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. All undergraduate students.” (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 51 (9), May, 2014)
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