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Stress, Strain, and Structural Dynamics: An Interactive Handbook of Formulas, Solutions, and MATLAB Toolboxes Hardcover – March 11, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0127877679 ISBN-10: 0127877673

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press (March 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0127877673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0127877679
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,654,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Although there are many books covering these topics, this textbook must be commended for the seamless incorporation of fundamental principles, formulas, and solutions with interactive computer programs written in widely used engineering software MATLAB. This textbook is a helpful reference resource and a useful design tool because it closes the gap between the formulation of the basic theory and the analysis of practical problems. Therefore, it is a highly attractive as well as an exceedingly useful textbook not only to engineering students but also to engineering professionals working in the field of structural analysis.” - Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal, Sept. 2005

Book Description

First structural mechanics reference to offer an integration of background knowledge, applicable solutions and formulas, and MatLab tools for carrying out practical solutions to common engineering problems.

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Explanations and discussions of subjects are concise, yet very clear and accurate.
BK
First, the tools are presented as p-code, not m-scripts, and therefore serve no teaching function whatsoever, and cannot be customized by the user.
rsd22
It deserves a place in all academic and specialist libraries as well as engineering professionals' bookshelves.
Carole Mei

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rsd22 on May 3, 2007
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Taken by itself, this is a good solid text on its subject matter, both during the learning process and as a later reference for a working engineer (which I am - with 35 years of experience). However, the Matlab "toolbox" is significantly flawed. First, the tools are presented as p-code, not m-scripts, and therefore serve no teaching function whatsoever, and cannot be customized by the user. There is no logical reason for this from a protection standpoint since there is no copy-protection on the disk and thus, at least physically, the files can be just as freely distributed as if they were m-scripts. Even toolboxes purchased from MathWorks generally contain most of their tools as user readable m-scripts. Because they're not user readable, and therefore not verifiable, the Matlab tools on the CD cannot be used in any quality sensitive "real-world" engineering computation. Another toolbox problem is that it is divided into chapter-related folders and tool names are repeated in different folders - requiring in many cases completely incompatible syntax for the different versions - all with the same name. If the wrong syntax is used, the routines fail cryptically, not gracefully. Finally, no help messages are built into the tools (eg. the standard Matlab syntax "help myfunction" does NOT produce any info about the "myfunction" routine - of which there may be as many incompatible versions as there are chapters). This is definitely not standard practice for Matlab toolboxes and is definitely not user friendly. The author's website does not appear - at this writing anyway - to have any updates or corrections for the toolbox routines. So if you purchase this book, do so for the book itself, not the toolboxes which seem so promising in concept.

Updating this review after a year or so, I would reduce the stars to two (if Amazon allowed this) because, due to the flaws in the Matlab tools mentioned above I have not found any real use for the tools in day to day practice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on January 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Unless the author will provide the m files , the book is of very little use. To what avail to see the results if you do not know the solution?
I do not recommend the book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Donoso on August 17, 2012
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This is not a book. It is a manual for the code the author has writen.
The code is in .p format, not in .m format. So it doesn not let to learn anything.
A very bad book. It is just a software manual
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