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An Introduction to the Design and Behavior of Bolted Joints (Mechanical Engineering, Volume 97) Hardcover – July 19, 1995

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ISBN-13: 978-0824792978 ISBN-10: 0824792971 Edition: 3rd

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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.
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  • Hardcover: 951 pages
  • Publisher: Marcel Dekker; 3 edition (July 19, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824792971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824792978
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By mark wyatt on May 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roneesh Vashisht on August 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By the engineer on April 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MathGuy on October 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
John H Bickford does not write books to teach you how to do an actual bolt calculation with or without a gasket. Writing really thick books, he uses a million words, but I have not been able to do a single bolt calculation using any of his books. There are no examples, no case studies and no actual well defined/well outlined procedures in his books. The author quite actively gives short week long classes that cost thousands of dollars to attend. I finally figured out that his books are advertisements to gather students for his short high-priced classes. He has no intention of teaching you anything in his 150 dollar book. If you want to do a bolt calculation, use the good ol Shigley. For complex geometries use a Finite Element program. No need to buy any more John H Bickford books. And no need to attend high priced short classes (you will forget the material faster than the duration of the short training class).
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By Bob on February 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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