Applied Strength of Materials

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2007-08-21
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This book provides comprehensive coverage of the key topics in strength of materialswith an emphasis on applications, problem solving, and design of structural members, mechanical devices and systems. It includes coverage of the latest tools, trends and analysis techniques, and makes great use of example problems.Chapter topics include basic concepts; design properties of materials; design of members under direct stress; axial deformation and thermal stresses; torsional shear stress and torsional deformation; shearing forces and bending moments in beams; centroids and moments of inertia of areas; stress due to bending; shearing stresses in beams; special cases of combined stresses; the general case of combined stress and Mohr's circle; beam deflections; statically indeterminate beams; columns; and pressure vessels.For practicing mechanical designers and engineers.

Author Biography

Prof. Robert L. Mott, P.E.
Professor Emeritus
The University of Dayton 


Teaching Interests:
Design of Machine Elements
Fluid Mechanics
Mechanical Engineering Design
Strength of Materials
Stress Analysis
Systems Design



B.S. Mechanical Engineering, General Motors Institute, 1963
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1965


Industrial Experience:

  • General Motors Corporation,   Frigidaire Division, Research Engineer
  • University of Dayton Research Institute, Engineer, Structural Mechanics Section
  • Consulting in mechanical design and accident analysis  

Professional Interests:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    • Past Chair, Manufacturing Education & Research Community
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
    • Engineering Technology Council
    • Engineering Technology Division
  • Registered Professional Engineer
  • National Center for Manufacturing Education, Dayton, Ohio

Recent Books Published:


APPLIED STRENGTH OF MATERIALS, 5th ED, Prentice Hall, Publishing Co., 2008

APPLIED FLUID MECHANICS, 6th ED, Prentice Hall Publishing Co., 2006

MACHINE ELEMENTS IN MECHANICAL DESIGN, 4th ED, Prentice Hall Publishing Co., 2004


Honors & Awards:

  • ASEE Fellow Member, 2007
  • James H. McGraw Award for Outstanding Service in Engineering Technology Education, ASEE, 2004
  • Archie Higdon Distinguished Mechanics Educator Awards, ASEE, 2001
  • Frederick J. Berger Award for Excellence in Engineering Technology Education, ASEE, 1994
  • Outstanding Engineer and Scientist Award, Dayton, Ohio, 1992
  • Faculty Award in Teaching, University of Dayton, 1981
  • Epsilon Delta Tau Outstanding Achievement Award, 1972
  • Recipient of SAE Teetor Educational Award 1968
  • Pi Tau Sigma National Mechanical Engineering Honorary
  • Honorary Member Tau Alpha Pi Honor Society


Table of Contents

Basic Concepts in Strength of Materials The Big Picture
Objective of This Book To Ensure Safety
Objectives of This Chapter
Problem-solving Procedure
Basic Unit Systems
Relationship Among Mass, Force, and Weight
The Concept of Stress
Direct Normal Stress
Stress Elements for Direct Normal Stresses
The Concept of Strain
Direct Shear Stress
Stress Element for Shear Stresses
Preferred Sizes and Standard Shapes
Experimental and Computational Stress
Design Properties of Materials The Big Picture
Objectives of This Chapter
Design Properties of Materials
Cast Iron
Copper, Brass, and Bronze
Zinc, Magnesium, Titanium, and Nickel-Based Alloys
Nonmetals in Engineering Design
Materials Selection
Direct Stress, Deformation, and Design The Big Picture and Activity
Objectives of this Chapter
Design of Members under Direct Tension or Compression
Design Normal Stresses
Design Factor
Design Approaches and Guidelines for Design Factors
Methods of Computing Design Stress
Elastic Deformation in Tension and Compression Members
Deformation Due to Temperature Changes
Thermal Stress
Members Made of More Than One Material
Stress Concentration Factors for Direct Axial Stresses
Bearing Stress
Design Bearing Stress
Design Shear Stress
Torsional Shear Stress and Torsional Deformation The Big Picture
Objectives of This Chapter
Torque, Power, and Rotational Speed
Torsional Shear Stress in Members with Circular Cross Sections
Development of the Torsional Shear Stress Formula
Polar Moment of Inertia for Solid Circular Bars
Torsional Shear Stress and Polar Moment of Inertia for Hollow Circular Bars
Design of Circular Members under Torsion
Comparison of Solid and Hollow Circular Members
Stress Concentrations in Torsionally Loaded Members
Twisting Elastic Torsional Deformation
Torsion in Noncircular Sections
Shearing Forces and Bending Moments in Beams The Big Picture
Objectives of this Chapter
Beam Loading, Supports, and Types of Beams
Reactions at Supports
Shearing Forces and Bending Moments for Concentrated Loads
Guidelines for Drawing Beam Diagrams for Concentrated Loads
Shearing Forces and Bending Moments for Distributed Loads
General Shapes Found in Bending Moment Diagrams
Shearing Forces and Bending Moments for Cantilever Beams
Beams with Linearly Varying Distributed Loads
Free-Body Diagrams of Parts of Structures
Mathematical Analysis of Beam Diagrams
Continuous Beams Theorem of Three Moments
Centroids and Moments of Inertia of Areas The Big Picture
Objectives of This Chapter
The Concept of Centroid Simple Shapes
Centroid of Complex Shapes
The Concept of Moment of Inertia
Moment of Inertia for Composite Shapes Whose Parts have the Same Centroidal Axis
Moment of Inertia for Composite Shapes General Case Use of the Parallel Axis Theorem
Mathematical Definition of Moment of Inertia
Composite Sections Made from Commercially Available Shapes
Moment of Inertia for Shapes with all Rectangular Parts
Radius of Gyration
Section Modulus
Stress Due to Bending The Big Pict
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