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Sources of Information on Engineering

  1. Aug 22, 2008 #26


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    Most of the pressure or storage vessels in service in the United States will have been designed and constructed in accordance with one of the following two pressure vessel design codes:

    • The ASME Code, or Section VIII of the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) "Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code."
    • The API Standard 620 or the American Petroleum Institute Code which provides rules for lower pressure vessels not covered by the ASME Code.

    http://www.hghouston.com/pvessel.html [Broken]

    The design, fabrication and use of pressure vessels is a serious matter given that failure can have serious consequences (death or injury) to people in the vicinity of failed PV's.

    If one is designing and building a PV with the intent to use it, one must adhere to the above two codes, whichever is appropriate.

    Power boilers are a common application:
    It might be worthwhile to have a dedicated thread on BPV's, or perhaps just PV's.
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  2. Aug 22, 2008 #27


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    Personally I don't think I would not want to take a major part in a thread about pressure vessels except on an amature level. Section VIII is absolutely huge and the area of their design is a very specialized area. I know I would not feel comfortable giving someone advice regarding a pressure vessel in accordance to ASME specs. I think, probably, only Q_Goest is the only one here that has a good amount of experience in that area.
  3. Jan 28, 2009 #28


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    Body of Knowledge

    The American Society for Civil Engineers has produced their 2nd edition of the Body of Knowledge.

    http://www.asce.org/professional/educ/bok2.cfm [Broken]

    It's well worth a look, even if one is not a civil engineer.

    Other sources on ASCE education products.
    http://www.asce.org/professional/educ/ [Broken]

    Every 4 years [I thought it was annual], ASCE produces a report card on the state of infrastructure -

    US roads, water and basic systems earn 'D' grade
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090128/ap_on_bi_ge/failing_backbone [Broken]

    Engineers: U.S. infrastructure a 'D'
    American Society of Civil Engineers says under-funding has caused the nation's infrastructure to crumble - and stimulus won't do enough.

    With that in mind -

    NTSB Expected to Adopt Final Report on I-35W Bridge Collapse;
    Agency Probe Cites Gusset Plate Design Flaw
    http://content.asce.org/I-35W/NTSBI35W.html [Broken]

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  4. Jul 7, 2009 #29
    To bad you dont understand russian, they have so many good books and info about engineering in internet.
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    It's amazing what you can find on the web. I was looking for more information on Fourier transforms and stumbled onto an excellent resource via a series of lectures posted on YouTube through a Stanford University outreach program. Excellent course, and the home page has all the course notes, lecture notes and exams.

    If you want a textbook for a certain course but don't plan to take the course just yet, used book stores can be a gold mine and so can ebay. Find out what edition the local college or university is teaching from then get the previous edition. The main changes from one edition to the next are usually the problem sets and the graphics, neither of which affect the material that is taught. There's little demand for out-of-date textbooks but they're perfectly fine to study or as references and can be had for a song. My best standby is still Google and/or Wikipedia. They provide the quickest answers for me when I need them.
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  8. Oct 13, 2009 #33


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    I have 3 different copies of Machinery's handbook and use them almost every day.
  9. Oct 29, 2009 #34
    Can you please explain why you'd need more than one? The only reason I could imagine is if you have them in different locations (e.g. desk, plant floor, etc...).

    I recently got the a digital (CD) copy of the 28th Edition, and I find it to be far-superior to the old-school paper book for a few reasons:
    • can print/reproduce any pages in whatever paper size you want (great for looking at the smallish figures/graphs)
    • can search and find anything almost instantly
    • no more lugging around (or losing) those rather-bulky tomes
    • can share (over a network)
    • easy to copy-&-paste
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  11. Oct 29, 2009 #36


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    I work at more than one location including home.
  12. Feb 19, 2010 #37


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    Frontiers of Engineering:
    Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2009 Symposium
  13. Feb 24, 2013 #38
    My new website is up, which covers topics in structural engineering that are applicable to students across a wide range of disciplines, in particular students who are studying general civil engineering and mechanical engineering.

    Undergraduate engineering
    I am sharing undergraduate notes on structural engineering, which include statics, mechanics of materials, and classical structural analysis. We are in the process of transcribing our notes on some of the "design" courses that undergraduate civil engineering typically students take, such as reinforced concrete design, steel design, and timber design.

    Graduate engineering
    As far as graduate-level structural engineering, we so far have some very detailed notes on prestressed concrete.

    You can find everything here:


    My favorite topic, and a personal area of research is solid mechanics. On the website, please find our free textbook on solid mechanics (a.k.a. continuum mechanics), which is particularly useful for researchers that use finite element analysis software and want a better understanding of the physics. The textbook is written for graduate students or researchers in industry in the fields of structural engineering, mechanical engineering (the forum that I most often frequent on PF), and also bioengineering, as one of the areas of focus in the texbook is "hyperelasticity" - relevant for those researchers who use finite element analysis software to model the behavior of biological tissue or rubber.



    P.S. - Mods, many of the links in this thread are dead. Just FYI
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