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Handbook of mechanics, materials, and structures
Blake, Alexander.
Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [1985]

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xxi, 710 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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"A Wiley-Interscience publication."
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TA350 .H23 1985 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Author Notes

About the editor Alexander Blake is Engineer at Large at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he also chairs several design review and policy committees within the Laboratory′s Mechanical Engineering Department. After graduation and postgraduate research in mechanical engineering at London University, he held a number of technical and management positions with British and U.S. industries. His U.S. assignments included positions with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Associated Spring Barnes Group, Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation, Aerojet General Corporation, and the Boeing Company He holds several patent disclosures and many of his design and research solutions have appeared in national and international publications. He has authored two textbooks, Design of Curved Members for Machines, 2nd Edition (1979) and Practical Stress Analysis in Engineering Design (1982). In 1969 he was awarded the title of Chartered Engineer by the British Council of Engineering Institutions and was made a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1974.

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Choice Review

Written for the practicing engineer who is involved with the design process in some manner, this handbook appears to be a summary of a number of engineering courses, viz., engineering mechanics, strength of materials, materials science, experimental stress analysis, structural analysis, and a number of small pieces from other courses. It serves the purpose of putting this information in one volume. The authors are well qualified, but have chosen not to add to or rise above the standard fare dished out to most engineering undergraduates (even though material commonly offered at the graduate level is also included in some chapters). For example, O. Gurel, the author of the chapter on engineering mathematics, has done very interesting work on nonlinear ordinary differential equations and their applications, but does not mention them. The authors of the second chapter, Van Buskirk and Cowin, have made contributions to biomechanics and continuum mechanics, but chose to present statics and dynamics in the same manner and content of the standard required low-level texts. The experimental areas are perhaps even more deficient, with many standard techniques in materials and structures used regularly in industry not even being mentioned, such as acoustic emission and ultrasonics. Most engineering libraries can get along fine without this handbook.-A.M. Strauss, Vanderbilt University

Table of Contents

Engineering MathematicsO. Gurel
Statics and DynamicsW. Van Buskirk and S. Cowin
Strength of MaterialsJ. McKinley and L. Mardis
Mechanical Properties and Science of Engineering MaterialsW. Kirkwood, et al.
Experimental Stress AnalysisW. Kirkwood
Introduction to Elasticity, Plasticity and Elastic StabilityJ. McKinley and L. Mardis
Straight MembersR. Ciatto
Curved MembersF. Nelson
PlatesF. Nelson
Pressure Vessel and Piping DesignD. Landers