- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 Sub edition (September 8, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 013137589X
- ISBN-13: 978-0131375895
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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State-of-the-art and practical in perspective, this classic exploration of stress analysis focuses on techniques for analysis in realistic settings. Unusually comprehensive, it provides uniquely balanced coverage of mechanics of materials, theory of elasticity methods, and computer-oriented numerical methods all supported with a broad range of fully worked-out examples. The Fourth Edition adds/expands coverage of mechanics of materials theory; three-dimensional stress and strain transformations; strain energy in common structural members; stress concentration in typical members; elastic-plastic analysis of thick-walled cylinders; application of strain energy and variational methods to beams on elastic foundations, buckling of columns, and plates; a complete new set of illustrative examples and problems many taken from engineering practice; and tables covering computer programs for principal stresses and area properties, deflection of beams, material properties, and conversion factors. For aeronautical, civil, and mechanical engineers.
About the Author
ANSEL C. UGURAL, Ph.D., is Research Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has held various faculty and administrative positions at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and he taught at the University of Wisconsin. Ugural has considerable industrial experience in both full-time and consulting capacities. A member of several professional societies, he is the author of the books Mechanics of Materials, Stresses in Plates and Shells, and Mechanical Design: An Integrated Approach.
SAUL K. FENSTER, Ph.D., is Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he served as a president for over two decades. In addition to experience in industry, he has held varied positions at Fairleigh Dickinson University and taught at the City University of New York. Fenster, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Education, is co-author of a text on mechanics.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The problems are only compounded by the lack of examples. To me, in engineering books, examples are just as important as explanations because let's face it, engineering is *not* an abstract art. Its basis is the physical application of scientific theories to real-world problems. Sadly, this book's examples are all too limited in scope, explanation, and depth. The authors will derive equations for multiple sections and then have a single, brief, elementary example (where barely anything is explained and you're forced to become a psychic to determine their line of thought) and then expect you to do the exponentially more difficult problems in the back of each chapter. It's ridiculous.
When I first got the book, I thought it was interesting they were able to cram such an involved field into a relatively small book (~500 small-sized pages). Then you realize they were able to do such a feat by skipping over tremendous amounts of vital explanations and examples.
Be prepared to be flipping through the book constantly to refer back to formulas in various chapters, and also be prepared to scratch your head staring at terrible illustrations. Equations are also poorly labeled because when you're quickly flipping through the pages, it's quite difficult to see if an equation is one of importance, or simply an intermediate step in a derivation. Good books box their important or foundational equations (which of course means this book does not).
What's really sad is that poorly-written books like this one have the capability to turn an otherwise-enthused student off from a topic. Before taking a class where this book was the assigned reading, I was quite interested in advanced stress analysis. Now I look upon the subject with disdain because it seems like a big confusing mess.
I gave the book one star for two reasons: first, Amazon doesn't allow 0-star reviews, and second, perhaps the book would be of some use for reference, but as far as a text for learning the material, avoid at all costs!
Ideally a textbook will explain concepts well and give relevant examples to reinforce the concepts. The textbook does neither. This textbook explains concepts extremely poorly which makes it bad enough. On top of that, moreover, this book does not give examples for 90% of the concepts.
If this book is the required text for a course, I would recommend changing classes. If you're looking for a book on advanced mechanics of materials, this is NOT a good book to consider. I would have given this book zero stars if that had been an option.