B o o k reviews
The book is written by six contributors in nine chapters of which the editor contributed the introductory chapter, relating to responsibilities of quality assurance and the economics of quality, as well as a chapter on weld inspection. O t h e r contributions include quality m a n a g e m e n t , reliability of welded products, quality control in the shops, site welding, weld defects, N D T and codes and standards relevant to quality a s s t n a n c c The book is perhaps unusual in that most contributors come from industry. Much of the guidance in the book is general in nature, possibly suiting the designer who has some interaction with the welding process and needs an overall knowledge of quality assurance. It is unlikely to be very informative in a technical sense for a specialist in the field. At £35 it is perhaps a little expensive for a slim volume.
Structural Connections Stability and Strength. Edited by R. Narayanan. 1989. Elsevier Science Publishers. x + 452 pp. Price: £65-00 hardback. (ISBN 1-85166-288-X). This the latest volume in the stability and strength series edited by Dr Narayanan. Contributors include Professor Chen, Professor Nethercot and Professor Zandonini, all of whom have established reputations in the area of frame behaviour. Contributions include beam column connections, semi-rigid composite joints, the influence of joint characteristics on the structural response of frames, the strength of in-plane fillet welded connections, welded .joints between hollow sections, moment-transmitting bolted end plate connections, elastic and inelastic buckling of semi-rigid sway frames, and analysis of steel frames with flexible joints. Most of the contributions are overviews although some are more detailed individual research reports. Each contribution reflects the author's own views and interests and there is inevitably some overlap. It must be considered as a good source of reference for researches into connection behaviour, especially in frame structures, and of some interest as background for the designer. It is not a text book on joint behaviour anti design but rather a resum6 of recent research activities.
Structural Steelwork Connections. By G. W. Owens and B. D. Cheal. 1989. Butterworths, Guildford, Surrey. vi + 330 pp. Price: £45.00 hardback. (ISBN 0-408-01214-5). This is the first book of a general nature on structural steelwork connections that I have seen for many years and as such must count as an
important volume. The book concentrates on material helpful for design, rather than research, and includes numerous examples of typical connections designed to BS5950. These examples are well presented with calculations laid out in a typical design office format with a commentary alongside explaining the basis of the calculations. The volume is probably too extensive for the undergraduate student market, being aimed at the postgraduate or young design engineer, but would be a useful reference for any library as well as the design office. Early chapters deal with welding technology and weld design and the behaviour and design of bolted elements. Fatigue is then considered, followed by load dispersion and analysis of connection groups. The remaining half of the volume deals with different connection types such as portal frame connections or truss connections. The volume is well illustrated with some photographs of connection behaviour, graphs of connection characteristics and sketches of different joint types for various purposes. It is very practical in nature, discussing the effects of the various parameters on joint response and joint efficiency. Because of its close connection with the British codes in terms of its design requirements and design examples, the volume must be of prime interest to the UK market as far as designers are concerned, but it has a much broader interest for specialists in the connection area. The only question I have is why Chapter 10 has a title page labelled 'worked examples' that does not appear in any ensuing chapters. The impression from the numbering system is that the publishers reversed a decision to put all the worked examples at the back of the volume. A useful text in an important area. J. E. Harding