|Course code module||MFYS2020|
|Study load (hours)||84|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||semester exam in January|
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Solid background in theoretical mechanics (Lagrangian formalism, ...), tensor calculus, thermodynamics.
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2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
Knowledge of the principles of (linear) elasticity theory.
Application of these principles to solve simple problems.
Being able to describe a crystal as a continuous medium.
3. Course content
We will introduce the strain and stress tensor and the relation between the two through the elastic constants. Sound waves in crystals will be studied.
We will demonstrate the relation between the elastic description of a crystal and the corresponding lattice dynamics.
Numerical methods to study the elastic state of a body will be introduced.
The usefulness of elasticity theory will be illustrated with examples from solid state physics and biomedical physics.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Lectures
Personal work: ExercisesAssignments - individual
5. Assessment method
Continuous assessment: ExercisesAssignments
6. Compulsory reading – study material
1.“The Theory of Elasticity”, L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz.
2. “Thermodynamics of Crystals”, D.C. Wallace.
7. Recommended reading - study material