Review of Mechanics of Engineering Materials by P.P. Benham, R.J. Crawford and C.G. Armstrong
Mechanics of Engineering Materials is a textbook that covers the theory and applications of the mechanics and strength of materials for engineering students. The book was first published in 1987 and has been revised and updated in its second edition in 1996. The authors are Peter Philip Benham, R. J. Crawford and C. G. Armstrong, who are experts in the field of mechanical engineering and material science.
The book assumes little or no prior knowledge of the subject and develops the concepts of stress and strain analysis from first principles. It covers topics such as tensile behaviour, fatigue, creep, fracture, impact, finite element analysis, fracture mechanics and composite materials. The book also includes numerous worked examples, end-of-chapter problems and computer spreadsheets to illustrate the problem-solving techniques.
The book is well-organized and comprehensive, covering both the fundamentals and the advanced topics of the mechanics of engineering materials. It uses clear and concise language, two-colour illustrations and graphs to explain the theory and applications. The book is suitable for undergraduate students of mechanical engineering, engineering science and civil engineering, as well as for those studying BTEC and GNVQ courses. It can also serve as a valuable reference for practicing engineers and researchers.
Mechanics of Engineering Materials is an indispensable course text for anyone who wants to learn about the behaviour and properties of engineering materials under various loading conditions. It provides a solid foundation for further studies and research in the field of material science and engineering.
One of the strengths of the book is its use and illustration of computer spreadsheets as a powerful tool for solving problems in the mechanics of engineering materials. The book shows how to use spreadsheets to perform calculations, plot graphs, generate tables and perform sensitivity analysis. The book also provides examples of spreadsheet files that can be downloaded and modified by the readers.
Another strength of the book is its extensive treatment of shells and beams, which are important structural elements in engineering applications. The book covers the theory and analysis of thin-walled pressure vessels, cylindrical shells, spherical shells, sandwich structures, beams on elastic foundations and curved beams. The book also discusses the effects of shear deformation, thermal stresses and buckling on shells and beams.
A possible limitation of the book is that it does not cover some topics that are relevant for modern engineering materials, such as nanomaterials, biomaterials and smart materials. The book also does not include any case studies or applications of the mechanics of engineering materials in real-world scenarios. However, these topics can be supplemented by other sources or by the instructor's own experience.