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2 Continuum Mechanics

This chapter contains an overview of some of the important concepts from continuum mechanics and establishes some of the notation and terminology that will be used in the rest of this document. The section begins by introducing the important concepts of deformation, stress and strain. Next the concept of hyperelasticity is discussed. Finally the concept of virtual work is discussed. This concept will be used later to derive the nonlinear finite element equations. For a more thorough introduction to the mathematics needed for continuum mechanics, the user can consult [28].
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