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  • Series: Dover Books on Electrical Engineering
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 1 edition (October 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486474402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486474403
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of a very short list of reference books dedicated to calculation of inductances.
O. Laney
During my reach I need to know the self-inductance of the square & circular ring with different thickness and this book supplied me enough.
Ahmad Khayyat Jafari
This book enables the inductor engineer to confidently design an inductor with little effort.
Todd Rudberg

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Bossetti on February 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I first ran across this book at my campus library (I mean the originally published 1946 copy). Fell in love with it. This is the only resource I could find that dealt with a specific type of coil I sometimes use. Just about every piece of published literature that deals with inductance calculations cites this text.

I read some of the other reviews on the book and found that some of them were complaining about having to use look-up tables and how the coil configurations were strange. First, this book addresses numerous configurations, many of which ARE quite common. Second, this book is meant to provide the user with very accurate approximation techniques and simple formulas for calculating self- and mutual inductance. It is not meant to provide analytical solutions for inductance. It provides methods that are definitely better than trying to use Neumann's integral, which usually involve elliptic integrals and power series (which may not even converge). My opinion is that if you need to use it that often, just code up the formulas and tables in MatLab or some other programming language.

One last point, if you work with spiral disc coils (sometimes called pancake coils) buy this book. Huge time saver and accurate. I ran calculations on an inductor and came within 1.5% of the inductance value I measured using a precision LCR meter (which isn't bad considering that it was a handmade coil whose dimensions I had to approximate from hand measurements).
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Todd Rudberg on January 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book enables the inductor engineer to confidently design an inductor with little effort. It is an authoritative piece, including examples of any imaginable configuration for inductor design. A resource every electrical engineer should have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O. Laney on September 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is one of a very short list of reference books dedicated to calculation of inductances. Others would be Welsby's 'The theory and design of Inductance Coils", published in 1950, and Paul's 'Inductance, Loop and Partial', copyright 2010. The present volume was published in 1946 and is a compendium of formulae for all sorts of configurations and situations. A typical offering is chapter 20: 'Mutual Inductance of Solenoids with Inclined Axes, and Solenoids and Circular Coils with Inclined Axes'. Originating in an era without modern computing aids, the book includes many short tables to aid the designer in selecting coil parameters. Most of the book is concerned with inductance in the abstract, with no concern for shields, coil forms, etc., but there is a chapter on high frequency effects and another on calculation of electromagnetic forces. There is no index, the chapter headings being deemed sufficient.

This is a reference shelf classic for those concerned with inductance calculations. It is not a textbook, and it does not address design as such. All coils and configurations discussed are air core. There are no wire tables or discussion of insulation or winding styles. The crux is mathematical and computational.

Given the vintage of the book, all units are cgs and emu, e.g. the permeability of free space is unity. A Henry is always a Henry, but there is the occasional "abhenries per centimeter" laying about. This is a common hazard of foundational magnetics texts; they seemingly all predate the SI system. The field in general has been the most laggard in switching over. Paul's book is SI; only in the 21st century have new magnetics texts routinely used the 'new' system.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Woodgate on November 25, 2009
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This classic work was out of print and unobtainable outside large libraries (or a former friend's carefully guarded personal collection!) for many years. It is cited in numerous textbooks published since 1946 and includes information unobtainable elsewhere.

It is essentially a practical book; although many of the equations for inductance are complicated, there is little explanation of how the equations were derived. If that had been included, the book would have been about three times as long (and costly), and many would have been put off by the advanced math.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Gwinn on December 4, 2004
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This is the best source of inductance formulas available, but it does require some work to use. Good for correcting mistakes in other publications. Or, figuring out what their formulas mean; probably, the formula were copied from Grover. Planar spiral coils are handled, on page 105, as "disk" coils. By the way, this book is not out of print, despite the Amazon website, having been republished in 2004 by Dover as one of their Dover Phoenix Editions.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian M. O'neill on June 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A comprehensive compendium of methods of calculating self & mutual inductance of a wide range of loop configurations. Though the original book was written in the 1940s and gave methods suitable for calculations using tables and slide rules, the fundamental equations from which the tables are derived are also given. This allows the reader to produce algorithms for computer programs and spreadsheets as used in the modern era. All in all an extremely useful text for practitioners in this field.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jan kuyper on November 27, 2010
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Am building inductors for a loudspeaker crossover and wanted to know a bit more about the theory.
This is probably a great boook for a university student ,who is at least a couple of years into electronic engineering .If you want to know about how they react to each other and your math is up to snuff this is probably the book on inductors ,
Congratulations to those who understand it
JanK
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