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Nature volume 114, page 7 (05 July 1924) | Download Citation



THE three volumes before us belong to a series of six, which is intended to provide a complete work of reference covering the design, and construction of modern civil engineering structures. A large number of prominent American engineers have co-operated in the production, and the commendable plan has been followed of making each volume, so far as possible, complete in itself. (1) The volume on foundations is copiously illustrated with examples taken from practice, and deals with all the matters which require consideration, from the preliminary investigation of the soil to the completed foundation, and includes such special points as underpinning, waterproofing, etc. Practically all types of engineering foundations are included. (2) The volume on structural members and connexions opens with brief statements of the general theory, occupying the first 171 pages; the remainder of the volume is taken up with the design of steel, cast-iron, wooden, and reinforced concrete members. The student who has mastered the elementary work on materials will find much of interest in the earlier part of this volume. The part dealing with design is exceptionally good, and contains much matter which is usually either omitted or receives scant treatment in British text-books. (3) The volume on framed struc: tures also opens with a section on the general theory, occupying 158 pages. This part is by no means copied from the second volume, and includes methods of treating moving loads. The remainder of the volume deals with roof and bridge trussss, portal bracing, deflexion, secondary stresses, statically indeterminate frames, high buildings, towers, etc. The slope-deflexion method is generally employed for the solution of statically indeterminate frames in this treatise. Taking all three volumes, the authors have succeeded in producing an extremely valuable work of reference which cannot fail to be of service to civil engineers.

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