We know that nowadays there are so many really excellent books available on theory of structures; however this classic textbook definitely deserves close attention of the professionals and students of mechanical engineering. One of declared purposes of the publication was to provide students and pros with a very easily digested form of training course covering a very wide area of theory of mechanical structures in order to stimulate their interest.

Considerable portion of this book was dedicated to the basic theoretical concepts of the behaviour of structures. There are some good control questions at the end of each chapter; they shall be used to track the progress and understanding of the material. We would strongly recommend to make as many attempts in solving them as possible. The correct answers to all numerical questions have been provided. The authors divided their work into twelve chapters, starting with the one addressing the equilibrium of structures; the following chapters deal with the shearing force/bending moment, complex stress and rolling loads, statically determinate plane trusses, deflection of beams, combined bending, direct stresses, buckling of struts, defection of trusses - both graphical and strain energy methods; in addition, separate chapter is there dedicated to the reinforced concrete. 

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We are introducing maybe the most popular and very highly respected publications on mechanics. This world recognized publication is mainly focusing on the development of the correct understanding of the fundamental principles rather than just addressing the specific methodologies.

The author of this volume, Irving Shames, has covered all basic principles instead of applying the "cookbook" approach and his also did his best trying to make this book more readable. This release of the volume is the latest available one and it includes more than five hundred completely new technical problems that have all been checked for accuracy by the author, very carefully and rigorously.

The topics of the book related to statics are covering the basics of mechanics, vector algebra and quantities, equilibrium equations, some introductory information on structural mechanics, and all other related topics, while the part of the book dedicated to the dynamics addresses particle dynamics, kinematics of rigid bodies including plane motion, dynamics relating to same, vibration matters etc.

The text presented by the author is deservedly considered as invaluable source of technical reference for students of mechanical engineering; they way material is presented makes the volume so reader-friendly and numerous examples allow the students understand the theory much easier.

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This book has been written by Graham Kelly and demonstrates the great experience of the author and should be highly recommended for everyone studying vibration mechanics. The content of this volume will be providing them all with the clear explanations. The author has taken the applications-based approach implying the application of the engineering principles learnt by the students earlier while constructing a basis for the engineering design.

The volume is providing reader with a brief technical review of the fundamental principles of dynamics keeping the notation and terminology consistent and applying the principles to derive math models of the dynamic systems. The above stated methods of application are consistent with the common dynamic texts. Numerous practical plus valuable pedagogical features are included in the text with the intention to aid the readers with retention and comprehension. For example, such features include the developments of the major benchmark problems, namely three of them, revisited in each of the chapters and making up the coherent chain that links all chapters of the publication.

The learning outcomes have also been included in the book, together with the key summaries, formulae and equations, many solved examples with the emphasis made on the real examples, set of practical exercises etc.

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The popular classic handbook. As the title of the book implies, it is dealing with the engineering calculations. The main content is arranged is seven big parts. The first two parts are dedicated to the civil and architectural engineering; these are followed by three parts dealing with the mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering. The body of the handbook closes with the parts covering the water/waste-water and environmental engineering.

Among the topics dealt with in the present handbook there are such the important topics as structural steel design, reinforced concrete, hangers and connectors, as well as wind-stress analysis, drainage and plumbing, heating and ventilation, air conditioning, metalworking, machine design and associated analysis, engines, power generation, air and gas compressors, vacuum systems, handling of materials, piping and pumping arrangements and systems, refrigeration, heat transfer, heat exchangers, conservation of the energy, electrical installations, cables, circuits, and all associated electrical equipment, process plant engineering, chemical engineering, sewage treatment, environmental issues.

Needless to say that the content of this revised edition of the volume will definitely be of great use to all technical people, starting from the students in relevant fields of engineering and up to the specialists and experts, as it is a really excellent reference tool. 

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Fundamentals of Internal Combustion Engines

   The present book is mainly intended to cover the rapidly growing field of the engines. Its content was prepared by the recognized expert in the industry and has been presented in a very simple manner using a lucid language; the text has been supplemented with numerous informative diagrammatic illustrations. Some of the topics have been explained from the very fundamentals in order to help readers in building a good understanding of the relevant technical concepts and to emphasize the relationships existing there between the conceptual understanding and approaches applied for solving the problems. The readers are believed to have some basic idea of thermodynamics as well as of fluid mechanics and heat transfer. The content of the volume has been arranged in eighteen chapters covering all important topics and comprehensively discussing the basics of both SI, i.e. spark ignition engines and CI, i.e. the compression ignition engines, operating on two- and four-stroke cycles. It is also covering the fundamentals of the design and operation of such engines, as well as the analysis of their operating cycles, combustion in CI/SI engines, associated combustion charts, fuels and techniques of their injection, friction of the details of the engine and lubricating the engines, ignition matters, transfer of heat, engine cooling systems, testing and performance of the engines -in fact every aspect of design, construction and operation of any engine.

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Fluid mechanics
   This book can offer its readers a clear and quite comprehensive presentation of the materials demonstrating the process of progression from the basic physical concepts to the real-life engineering applications and helping them easily see the whole practical significance of the fluid mechanics basics. The broad variety of the topics included in the volume provides instructors with numerous options for teaching the courses and presents a very useful source of information for the students even after their graduation. The unique problem-solving approach applied by the author of the book has been presented at the very start of the publication and has been carefully integrated in all of the examples. The way in which the material has been presented, makes it much easier to understand that in most of the other textbooks. The book has been widely recognized as one of the best references or first-time books for the students and professionals in the field of fluid mechanics, The author has also included some advanced text related to the viscous flow, and his efforts have eventually resulted in this resourceful and remarkably informative title. Excellent real-life example problems are supplementing the theoretical explanations making them much easier to follow and understand.

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The Engineering Handbook

   The declared purpose of the present handbook was to provide in a single book a ready and useful reference tool for the practicing engineers. The content of the volume has been arranged in a very comprehensive format being divided in thirty sections encompassing all related fields of engineering. One of the main goals was to give readers the updated information in the classical engineering fields comprising mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering together with the materials science and mathematics. The publication is intended to service the information and data needs of all engineering specialists involved in the real-life engineering practice. Another purpose of the authors was to replace a huge number of volumes with one exceptionally informative, perfectly organized and definitive source of fundamental engineering knowledge. The main focus has been made on the basic concepts, plus models and equations enabling engineers to perform a proper analysis, design and prediction of the behavior of different devices and systems, electrical circuits, fuels, computers etc. They have summarized all important formulas and data with particular emphasis on the theories and concepts plus their application to various fields of engineering; the readers will find the fundamental engineering concepts explained, defined and illustrated in a proper order serving the practical needs.

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Structural Stability - Theory and Implementation

   And here is a nice practical work which was prepared and released to provide the students as well as practicing engineers and all specialists working in the field of structured mechanics/structural engineering with the technical background required to perform the proper transition from the basic theory to the practical design rules and implementation of the software. The book starts with the fundamental structural stability principles together with the basic equations; the volume gives readers a concise but really comprehensive introduction applying the theory and principles of structural stability considered really fundamental for the structural steel design) to the practical solutions of design problems. Among the special features of this title we would definitely note the classical solutions and equations, dual units with most part of the content being in non-dimensional format, detailed technical info on the design rules of the recognized specifications and codes, contemporary theories of stability together with the professional discussion; there are numerous completely worked examples and problems supplemented with the correct answers, many clear images plus informative data tables. The book is an excellent practical resource, offering its readers a proper understanding of the basic principles not only in the idealized system but also in the imperfect systems...

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