IMPACT ENGINEERING: Fundamentals, Experiments and Non-linear Finite Elements, by Marcilio Alves, covers the basic aspects of the dynamic analysis of structures undergoing small to large displacements, linear and nonlinear elastic material behavior to viscoplasticity, equipping the reader with the basic features of simple and advanced structural impact analysis.

The book covers theoretical, numerical and experimental mechanics, including

  • elasto-plastic wave propagation
  • vibration
  • buckling analysis
  • beams, plates and shells behavior
  • material response to rapid loading
  • material failure
  • Fourier signal analysis
  • Newton-Raphson method
  • computational plasticity
  • linear and non-linear finite element analysis

Some problems are offered to the reader at the end of the chapters, including some questions covering ethical aspects.

The book is divided in eleven chapters:

  1. Introduction to structural impact
  2. Rigid body impact
  3. One–dimensional elastic waves and impact of bars
  4. Elasto–dynamics of beams
  5. Visco–plastic dynamics of beams and plates
  6. Axial impact in shells and plastic waves
  7. Material behavior and failure
  8. Linear finite elements analysis
  9. Nonlinear finite elements analysis
  10. Scaling
  11. Impact engineering