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The present volume by John Wilson is deservedly considered one of the most definitive guides covering virtually all aspects of this critical area of International Trade Law. The title proved its usefulness and was relied upon by several generations of law students and practicing lawyers.

Remaining the market leading text, the publication is now renowned with the purpose to combine a thorough examination and critical analysis of all law aspects that relate to the maritime transportation of cargo. The volume will be perfect when used as the reference book and training manual for the people starting their deep dive into the UK Shipping Law. It shall be recommended to all people with the interest in the shipping law, particularly in maritime transport.

The sixteen sections of the book provide invaluable insight into such important areas of the maritime shipping as contract of affreightment and implied obligations, time and voyage charter parties, bill of lading, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Hague-Visby Rules together with the application of the latter, freight, limitation of liability etc. Note also that there are more than twenty appendixes to the main text of the book, providing necessary supplementary information, data, documents etc.

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The present publication was prepared and released with the ultimate intention to provide all people engaged in the international maritime transportation of the hazardous and dangerous cargoes with the single unit containing the descriptions of all necessary technical terminology.

It is a truly unique and highly usable reference and training resource to be used at all times by the shippers for the quick and correct identification of the materials they carry. This knowledge and understanding is absolutely necessary to make sure that the appropriate safety precautions are in place. The volume has already proven very useful for the professionals representing not only technical, but also commercial parties.

We all know that the terms used today can be quite vague and sometimes even confusing so that the grey areas arise, that may potentially lead to the ambiguities and even dangerous situations on board, with the potential risks to the human lives, safety of the vessel and the environment. In fact, this title is the first one to provide people with the accurate and crystal clear explanations and as such shall be readily available to all transporters and shippers of the subject materials.

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An excellent dummy-book giving the basic info on the subject, exceptionally helpful and clear. It is indeed the readers' ticket to the world of mechanics of materials which is considered the foundation of all mechanical sciences, having the roots in math and physics. The scope of the book tracks a typical under-graduate course, providing readers with a very thorough introduction.

The readers will get the easy-to-understand explanations, covering the major principles of equilibrium, behavior of materials, geometric compatibility as well as the relation of the stress to the acting forces and movement, fatigue and fracture mechanics, different modes of failure, and many other aspects. The students using this book will be able to do much better on their tests and homework. The content of the book is a very easy reading for any technical class. The book will be very practical and useful for the people willing to understand what exactly they are reading. The readers will get a very quick refresher on the general knowledge as well as a review of the essential topics of statics; they would also sharpen their technical skills.

They will understand all key concepts of mechanics, know how to determinate the problems of statics and grasp the main principles of the strain and stress, deformations and also their interactions. Must have publication for every student and enthusiast of materials' mechanics.

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The publication we offer today provides all technical info and relevant data that would be required for the specialists who are actually dealing with the design and analysis of the various piping systems supporting numerous industrial operations, power generating plants and the distribution systems. In their publication the authors have tried to demonstrate how both prediction and management of the loss in pressure should be performed when working with the different piping systems and their associated piping components.

The present volume has drawn together the valuable results of the theoretical and empirical researches together with the reviews done by the recognized industry professionals, including the data required for a selection of the components. The authors have also examined the data obtained during the experiments and the formulas, integrating and organizing them into equations. The results of their prominent work have been presented in the form of the data diagrams and straightforward tables. Moreover, the book will provide readers with the typical problems and proposed solutions, describing the key technical concepts that are so widely applied and have already proven successful in practice. The references and sections proposing some further reading allow the users to explore all the topics that have been covered, in an even greater depth.

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Nowadays, the details of the international trade including shipping is growing very complex from year to year - what it actually means is that even the proven industry professionals may sometimes need guidance. The present guidance book was released to supply readers with a clear view of the whole import and export processes and explain all important ins and outs of the international trade as well as the associated insurance matters.

The content of the publication is covering such the important aspects of the business as the  organization of the import and export operations, various documentation and processes relating to the exporting, preliminary considerations, sales and other export documents, export licenses and controls, importing - associated documentation and procedures, preliminary considerations, purchase documentation, import documentation and process, global customs considerations; the readers will also get to know how to determine the proper classification of a particular product, its proper value to be declared and proper country of origin; moreover, specialized importing and exporting are also addressed together with the Incoterms diagram and ISA, i.e. International Sales Agreement; the last chapter of the publication provides users with some of the most popular export and import related internet resources.

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The intention of the author of this volume was to provide a good and extensive coverage of the essential offshore mechanics concepts with due attention paid to the newly introduced applications of the theory including, but not limited, to the different offshore installations, wind farms, bridges, and many others.

All critical areas of the design and analysis of the commonly used systems and structures have been addressed, providing the really fundamental information for the engineers engaged in the offshore industry. Note that both traditional and new methods have been covered, and different numerical techniques have been dealt with, such as the FEM and CFD. There are many examples and exercises included to track your progress.

The volume can be recommended to the offshore engineering students at higher levels, as well as the professional offshore engineers. All possible offshore environmental conditions have been examined, together with the foundation and mooring analysis, aerodynamic and hydrodynamic analysis, etc. in shore, the number of topics covered by the author makes this title definitely the best choice for the offshore engineering fellows who will benefit from its content.

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Nowadays, all of the shipyards located in Europe are experiencing serious difficulties In connection with the constantly rising level of the competition affecting the market globally. The author of this volume has performed a perfect and thorough analysis of the situation, trying to investigate such critical areas as the cooperative activities of the market together with the expertise and available experiences.

The due attention was paid to the relationship existing there between the subject aspects as well as the capabilities that normally make the fundamentals of the technical competence of any shipbuilding and ship repair facility. The content of the book is made on the basis of the interviews conducted with more than twenty recognized industry professionals who agreed to share their valuable experience with the future readers.

The volume is arranged in three major parts, the first providing the general information on the shipbuilding industry of today, second one dealing with the commercial relevance of the associated services, and the closing part addressing the future location of the industry. In total, the volume will be of great interest to the people in the industry.

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Drilling Fluid Composition

The composition of the drilling fluid and control of its properties concern every member of the drilling crew because they affect the safety of the workers as well as the success of the drilling operation. How well the composition of the fluid meets well requirements is determined only by performance in the hole. If the fluid fails in some essential function, the composition can be altered to bring about the needed change in properties, provided the relationship between function, composition, and properties is recognized.

The nature of a suspension such as drilling fluid is that fine particles of solid materials are mixed throughout a liquid medium.

In water-base drilling fluids, water is the medium. It is said to be the “continuous phase”. The particles, such as clay, shale, barite, and other solids-are said to be the “dispersed phase”. That part of the drilling fluid in which particles are dispersed so finely as to be invisible when viewed through an optical microscope is called the colloidal, or reactive, fraction. Solids such as sand that remain inactive in the dispersion are referred to as the inert, or non-reactive, fraction. The control of water-base fluids deals mainly with the colloidal fraction, because it is the portion that can be enriched by the addition of clays, improved by chemical treatment, orDrilling Fluid Composition-2 damaged by contamination.

Clays can be defined in a number of ways, but their important characteristic, for drilling mud purposes, is the ability to absorb water and hydrate, or swell. The gelling and swelling qualities of clays give drilling fluid properties that make them different from other viscous liquids such as honey or lubricating oil. This tendency to hydrate, which is greater in some clay than in others, determines whether chemical treatment is needed to achieve the properties desired for a particular drilling situation.

Bentonite, commonly used colloidal clay, is predominantly montmorillonite, a clay mineral that disperses into small particles in water and hydrates, increasing viscosity and reducing filtration. Native clays, on the other hand, usually hydrate only slightly; when added to a fluid, they tend to remain inert, increasing the viscosity of the mud only slightly. Clay yield refers to the number of barrels of drilling fluid with a viscosity of 15 centipoises (cp) that can be obtained from 1 ton of material. The defining value for yield is 15 cp because the critical part of the clay yield curve for all types of mud appears at that point. Additions of clay up to 15 cp promote little viscosity.

Other useful information about a mud can be obtained by considering its clay constituents. For example, about 20 pounds per barrel (lb./bbl.) of bentonite is required to produce a 15-cp viscosity drilling fluid. Such a fluid would contain 6 percent solids by weight, yield 90 bbl./ton, have 2.5 percent solids by volume, and weigh about 8.6 pounds per gallon (ppg).

Drilling Fluid Composition-3The quality of the water used to make up and maintain water-base drilling fluids affects the way fluid additives perform. Clays have the greatest yield in distilled water. Hard water - water that contains large quantities of calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) salts - and brine waters reduce clay yield, usually resulting in poor mud performance. If the makeup water is salt water (having 10,000 or more parts per million [ppm] sodium chloride), native clay and Wyoming bentonite will lose a significant portion of their gelling and viscosity producing properties, and salt water clay may be substituted. Saltwater clays are composed chiefly of attapulgite, which gels and develops viscosity in saturated salt water in much the same way as bentonite does in fresh water.

An understanding of the viscosity characteristics of clay-water mud is extremely important in drilling mud control. Good mud properties can be maintained only by controlling the concentration and quality of low-gravity solids. Solids picked up by the mud during drilling cause mud-treating problems. These drilled solids seldom provide adequate colloidal properties for good mud control; therefore, the nature of the solids already in the mud must be determined before treating the mud.

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