Capturing Complex Response of Structures

Capturing the mechanical response of engineering structures and analyzing product designs can be complicated. Such a response is attributed to several factors including the materials used, the topological properties and even the nature of external loads. One way of facing this challenge is to systematically tackle the details and build the full picture. In this learning track titled "Capturing Complex Response of Structures", we introduce constitutive laws that govern both the material behavior and the interactions between different bodies. The objective of this track is to connect the dots between different factors effecting structure's response and learn how they play in tandem to result in the complex response. This learning track is the first step towards studying advanced topics in applied solid mechanics based on the strong fundamentals learned in prior learning track titled "Physics of Structural Mechanics".