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An Introduction to the Design and Behavior of Bolted Joints (Mechanical Engineering, Volume 97) [Hardcover]

John Bickford
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July 19, 1995 0824792971 978-0824792978 3
Offering a broad-based review of the factors affecting the design, assembly and behaviour of bolted joints and their components in all industries, this work details various assembly options as well as specific failure modes and strategies for their avoidance. This edition features material on: the contact stresses between bolt head or nut face and the joint; thread forms, series and classes; the stiffness of raised face flange joints; and more.

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. . .an excellent book. . .a must for all designers involved in joint and bolt design. The author unravels a number of mysteries of bolt design.
---Journal of Vibration, Acoustics, Stress, and Reliability in Design
. . .a very practical manual.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 951 pages
  • Publisher: Marcel Dekker; 3 edition (July 19, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824792971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824792978
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 9.1 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Design Engineers May 26, 2000
This book covers all the fundamental issues related to bolts and bolted joints. It is very easy to read, and does not go too deeply into technical subjects, but gives the reader a full appreciation for the issues involved. As a materials engineer I appreciated the section on bolting materials. As a design engineer, I found the sections on designing bolted joints very helpful. As Plato expressed long ago, the wiser you are, the less you realize you know. After reading this book, design engineers not familiar with all the issues will likely not take bolts and bolted joints for granted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great overview April 4, 2009
This book provides an insightful and practical first look at the complex science of bolting. I found the first half of the book to be quite practical in familiarizing the reader with concepts that would be developed further in later sections. The author does a good job in giving the reader a look at several types of different design techniques, including the ones outlined by the german engineering society VDI. The book gives solid outlines to various design processes, but is not a textbook to tell you exactly how to design every joint. The reason for this is that bolted joints are extremely complex mechanical systems that are often simplified by quite conservative codified procedures. If the reader is looking for those codified design procedures, purchase books by the PVRC, ASME, etc. instead, but know that this book gives a wider perspective of the entire design process.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bickford is the man. August 3, 2009
Having read several books on the bolted joint, let me say that Bickford is the man. He's the father of bolted joint study. Don't waste your money on his other book which is a selection articles, this is the one to get.

I give it 4/5 because it is very light on shear joints and could be written in a more concise manner. Also, to fully understand bolted joints, the IFI Inch Fasteners Standards book is also needed.

Otherwise a totally solid intro to the bolted joint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference February 13, 2008
By Bob
Bought this book for mechanical department reference. A lot of good information and it covers all the technical aspects, yet you can read through it actually fairly easily. It has the equations you need but not all the integrals, etc. on how they are arrived at (like college textbooks) so you don't get bogged down. Good section on bolting diagrams. It is a thick text, but I was able to read most of it in 3 days - try doing that w/ your college text!
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