Engineering roundup

November 4, 2010

Hydraulic Modelling: An Introduction

Authors: Pavel Novak, Vincent Guinot, Alan Jeffrey and Dominic E. Reeve

Edition: First

Publisher: Spon Press/Taylor and Francis

Pages: 602

Price: £100.00, £34.99 and £34.99 (e-book)

ISBN 9780419250104, 0203 and 9780203861622

The authors seek to provide a synthesis between classical physical models and the wide range of constantly evolving computational techniques, while demonstrating how to choose the appropriate model and to appreciate its strengths and limitations. It is aimed at postgraduate students in hydraulics and hydroinformatics and will be useful to all engineers involved in modelling or using the results of models.

Economics and Finance for Engineers and Planners: Managing Infrastructure and Natural Resources

Author: Neil S. Grigg

Edition: First

Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers

Pages: 300

Price: £57.95

ISBN 9780784409749

This text presents economic and finance issues relating to the work of civil engineers, public works and utility officials, and construction managers. It aims to answer practical questions faced by engineers in the fields of infrastructure, natural resources and the environment. It considers economic forces, reviews financial methods and outlines the management tools that civil and environmental engineers need.

Principles of Modern Radar: Basic Principles

Editors: Mark A. Richards, William A. Holm and James A. Scheer

Edition: First

Publisher: SciTech

Pages: 960

Price: £125.00

ISBN 9781891121524

Intended for final-year and postgraduate students in radar systems and technology, this book is also suitable as a professional training text for formal in-house courses for new hires, as a reference for ongoing study and as a self-study and professional reference book. It focuses on four essential areas: basic concepts; radar signal phenomenology; descriptions of all major subsystems of modern radars; and signal and data processing basics.

Fundamentals of Wave Phenomena

Authors: Akira Hirose and Karl E. Lonngren

Edition: Second revised

Publisher: SciTech

Pages: 450

Price: £66.95

ISBN 9781891121920

Suitable for use in university courses related to the physics of waves, wave theory and electromagnetic waves, and requiring as a prerequisite only calculus, this textbook offers a unified treatment of waves that either occur naturally or can be propagated in various media. The authors focus on the similarities of all waves, mechanical or electromagnetic, allowing the formulation of a unified understanding of wave phenomena. This second edition contains extensive updates and advances in the field.

Tutorials in Complex Photonic Media

Editors: Mikhail A. Noginov, Graeme Dewar, Martin W. McCall and Nikolay I. Zheludev

Edition: First

Publisher: SPIE Press

Pages: 728

Price: £91.95

ISBN 9780819477736

The interdisciplinary field of complex photonic media touches on physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, materials science and engineering. In this text, the editors have assembled 19 chapters by leading scientists. Tutorials cover the basic physical properties of complex photonic media and the underlying concepts that constitute breakthroughs in modern optics. This aids students, engineers and scientists entering the field to become familiar with the subject's interrelated aspects. It is also intended as a supplementary text for introductory and advanced courses on optical materials, nanotechnology, physical optics and photonic metamaterials.

Rapid Prototyping: Principles and Applications (with companion CD-ROM)

Authors: Chua Chee Kai, Leong Kah Fai and Lim Chu Sing

Edition: Third revised

Publisher: World Scientific Press

Pages: 540

Press £63.00 and £46.00

ISBN 97898178970 and 8987

Rapid prototyping (RP) has effected a striking change to how prototypes are made and small-batch manufacturing is carried out. This text aims to be the definitive guide to RP, covering key processes, available models and specifications, and their principles, materials, advantages and disadvantages. The authors provide examples of application areas in design, planning, manufacturing, biomedical engineering, architecture and art, along with problems to test readers' understanding. The CD-ROM presents animated illustrations of the working principles of core RP processes.

Elements of Advanced Engineering Mathematics

Author: Peter V. O'Neil

Edition: First

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Pages: 432

Price: £35.99

ISBN 9780495668206

Much of the material presented here appears in the sixth edition of Advanced Engineering Mathematics, but O'Neil has rewritten the text to provide a natural flow of material in a shorter format. It is intended to provide students with an introduction to the use of ordinary and partial differential equations, linear algebra, vector analysis, Fourier analysis, and special functions and eigenfunction expansions, as tools of enquiry and analysis in modelling and problem solving.

Surveying for Engineers

Authors: John Uren and Bill Price

Edition: Fifth

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 816

Price: £40.99

ISBN 9780230221574

The latest edition of a well-illustrated text by UK-based academics Uren and Price aims to present the student reader with a comprehensive examination of surveying, from traditional methods through to the latest technological developments. It is intended to be suitable both for students taking surveying as a separate discipline and those studying it as part of a civil engineering, building or construction course.

Numerical Methods for Stochastic Computations: A Spectral Method Approach

Author: Dongbin Xiu

Edition: First

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 152

Price: £30.95

ISBN 9780691142128

This is a graduate-level textbook focusing on fundamental aspects of numerical methods for stochastic computations, which describes the class of numerical methods based on generalised polynomial chaos (gPC). Xiu introduces polynomial approximation theory and probability theory, describes the basic theory of gPC methods through numerical examples and rigorous development, details the procedure for converting stochastic equations into deterministic ones, and discusses the differences and challenges arising from high-dimensional problems.

Introduction to Coastal Engineering and Management

Author: J. William Kamphuis

Edition: Second

Publisher: World Scientific Press

Pages: 564

Price: £67.00 and £36.00

ISBN 9789812834843 and 4850

Kamphuis, a veteran teacher and researcher of coastal engineering and management, presents a text aimed at undergraduates, postgraduates and practising engineers. Covering waves, structures, sediment movement, coastal management and contemporary coastal design and decision making, it sets out both basic principles and engineering solutions, and discusses not only traditional methods of analysis and synthesis (design) but also contemporary design. Now in a second edition, it expands on current topics of failure and resilience in the spotlight following recent disasters from hurricane surges and tsunamis.

Quality and Reliability in Engineering

Author: Tirupathi R. Chandrupatla

Edition: First

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 326

Price: £60.00

ISBN 9780521515221

US-based academic Chandrupatla offers an integrated approach to quality specification, quality control and monitoring and reliability, with examples and exercises stressing practical engineering applications. The book serves as a textbook for upper-level undergraduate courses in quality and reliability in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering and industrial engineering programmes. It can be used as a resource for practising engineers and as a supplement to upper-level capstone design courses and short quality-training courses.

Fundamentals of Fluid Power Control

Author: John Watton

Edition: First

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 508

Price: £80.00

ISBN 9780521762502

Watton, a Cardiff University academic, aims to provide an essential reference for the practising engineer and a textbook for advanced courses in fluid power control, a field that demands a broad skill set. He introduces fluid power concepts and theory before discussing control applications. The text also covers computer modelling and experimental results, and presents five case studies for student practice.

Hold Paramount: The Engineer's Responsibility to Society, International Edition

Authors: Alastair S. Gunn and P. Aarne Vesilind

Edition: Second international

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Pages: 218

Price: £43.99

ISBN 9780495295884

The authors aim to give students practical insight into the engineering code of ethics. To illustrate the complexities involved in acting in an ethical fashion, they have created characters that encounter situations that test the engineering code of ethics and highlight different perspectives on real-world situations that students will face as practising engineers. Philosophical theory that supports the ethical positions encountered is presented as boxed material.

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