Solid mechanics, which includes the theories of elasticity and plasticity, is
a broad discipline, with experimental, theoretical, and computational aspects,
and with a twofold aim: on the one hand, it seeks to describe the
mechanical behavior of solids under conditions as general as possible, regardless
of shape, interaction with other bodies, field of application, or the
like; on the other hand, it attempts to provide solutions to specific problems
involving stressed solid bodies that arise in civil and mechanical engineering,
geophysics, physiology, and other applied disciplines.