The first edition of the Shock and Vibration Handbook in 1961 brought together for the first time a comprehensive survey of classical shock and vibration theory and current applications of that theory to contemporary engineering practice. Edited by Cyril M. Harris and the late Charles E. Crede, the book was translated into several languages and became the standard reference work throughout the world. The Second Edition appeared in 1976, the Third Edition in 1988, and the Fourth Edition in 1996. There have been many important developments in the field since the Fourth Edition was published, including advances in theory.
New applications of computer technologies, new methods of shock and vibration control new instrumentation, and new materials and techniques used in controlling shock and vibration. Many new standards and test codes have also been enacted. These developments have necessitated this Fifth Edition, which covers them all and presents a thorough, unified, state-of-the-art treatment of the field of shock and vibration in a single volume that is approximately 10 percent longer than its predecessor edition.A new co-editor, highly regarded as an author in his own right, has collaborated with an original editor in this endeavor.
The book brings together a wide variety of skills and expertise, resulting in the most significant improvements in the Handbook since the First Edition. New chapters have been added and many other chapters updated, revised, or expanded to incorporate the latest developments. Several chapters written by authors who are now deceased have been revised and updated by the editors, but the credits to the original authors are retained in recognition of their outstanding contributions to shock and vibration technology. (For convenience, and to retain as closely as possible the chapter sequence of prior editions, several chapters have been designated Part II or III of an associated chapter.)
The editors have avoided duplication of content between chapters except when such repetition is advisable for reasons of clarity. In general, chapters in related areas are grouped together whenever possible.The first group of chapters presents a theoretical basis for shock and vibration. The second group considers instrumentation and measurement techniques, as well as procedures for analyzing and testing mechanical systems subjected to shock and vibration.The third group discusses methods of controlling shock and vibration, and the design of equipment for shock and vibration environments.
A final chapter presents the effects of shock and vibration on human beings, summarizing the latest findings in this important area. Extensive cross-references enable the reader to locate relevant material in other chapters.The Handbook uses uniform terminology, symbols, and abbreviations throughout, and usually both the U.S. Customary System of units and the International System of units. The 42 chapters have been written by outstanding authorities, all of them experts in their fields. These specialists come from industrial organizations, government and university laboratories, or consulting firms, and all bring many years of experience to their chapters.
They have made a special effort to make their chapters as accessible as possible to the nonspecialist, including the use of charts and written explanations rather than highly technical formulas when appropriate. Over the decades, the Handbook has proven to be a valuable working reference for those engaged in many areas of engineering, among them aerospace, automotive, air-conditioning, biomedical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, ocean, and safety engineering, as well as equipment design and equipment maintenance engineering.
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