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BOOK REVIEWS

Computer modelling in o c e a n significant amount of new material de- Throughout the book the authors
engineering scribing the use of predictive computer explain the design procedure, from initial
modelling in the fields of oceanography client briefing to production of fabric-
8. A. Schrefler and ocean engineering. I would, therefore, ation drawings and inspection of steel-
and O. C. Zienkiewicz advise researchers in these fields to fam- work. This should be of particular interest
iliarize themselves with the contents of and value to students, since many fail to
8alkema, Rotterdam,
this book. appreciate the significance of decisions
The Netherlands, 1988, 727 pages, made at the design stage. Example calcul-
£47.00, ISBN 906 191 836 7 J. A. Witz ations are clearly presented in a logical
sequence, providing good models for stu-
This book consists of a collection of 91 dents to follow in practice.
papers presented at the International As a student textbook, StructuralSteel-
Conference on Modelling in Ocean En- work Design to BS 5950 has much to
gineering. This conference was held in Structural steelwork design to commend it. I think it will be appreciated
Venice in September 1988. The papers B S 5950 most by students who have already
cover a broad range of topics in physical grasped the basics of elemental design
oceanography and ocean engineering. and now wish to proceed to design com-
L. J. Morris and D. R. Plum
These topics have been classified by the plete strutures. Part ! of the book will
editors into the following sections: Main Longman Group (UK) Ltd, 1988,
280 pages, £ 13.95, then serve as a reference text for details of
lectures; Mathematical models of wind individual member design. Practising en-
waves; Wind wave generation and wave ISBN 582 02 3572 gineers with little experience of design
climate; Sea level oscillations and as- with the new code would, I am sure, find
sociated currents; Transport phenomena; This student textbook is divided into two much useful information in the book, too.
Fluid-structure interaction; Structural parts. The first, consisting of 10 chapters, The authors have produced a very
and geotechnical problems in the marinc deals with the design of structural steel readable, practical and informative book.
environment. The titles of these sections elements to BS 5950. The coverage is
provide a reasonably accurate descrip- extensive and includes beams, purlins, J. B. Davison
tion of the contents of this book. The crane girdcrs (excluding plate girders),
stated purpose of covering such a wide trusses, columns, connections and brac-
range of subjects is to provide a forum for ing. A chapter is also devoted to com-
continuing dialogue and exchange of Ix)site construction. The purpose of this Steel beam-column building
ideas between researchers working in section of the book is to set out in detail connections
different areas. The common link between the design of individual structural ele-
all the papers is the use of numerical ments. In so doing the application of code
clauses is clearly explained but little back-
W. F. Chen (ed)
methods and computers for the predictive
modelling of oceanographic phenomena ground information on the reasons Elsevier Appl/ed Science, Barking,
and marine structures. behind the recommendations is presen- UK, 1988, 482 pages, £75.00,
The broad scope of this book invari- ted. An interesting and useful feature of ISBN 1851 66 22 51
ably means that it contains material that this part of the book is the realistic
will be of interest to a wide research examples selected to illustrate the design This book contains a collection of 13
audience. The book will be a valuable procedures. The examples give a com- separate papers which were originally
addition to libraries of research establish- plete solution, including determination of published in the Journal of Constructional
ments. On an individual basis the book is loading and selection of suitable mem- Steel Research. The editor's objective is to
expensive if one is interested in reading bers. Academic examples, "Show that the draw together the knowledge of key re-
only a few selected papers. beam in figure I is capable of searchers from different parts of the world
in my own area of research, compliant supporting...", have been avoided. in order to provide a state-of-the-art
marine structures, ! found several papers The second part of the book presents summary of recent experimental studies
of interest. I would recommend resear- worked examples of the design of three undertaken to provide an understanding
chers working in other areas to at least complete structures--a single storey of the behaviour, analysis and design of
examine the contcnts of the book. ! did building of lattice girder and column steel beam to column connections and
discover papers which described original construction, a portal frame and an office their influence on the behaviour of frames.
developments and ! believe that these block featuring composite construction. After an introductory paper concerned
papers are of significant value. However, ! The aim of this second part is to illustrate largely with the history of the design of
must confess that I did not find all the how individual members may be com- structural steelwork, the book is divided
papers that I read notable in terms of bined to form a complete structure. Parti- into three sections of four papers each.
contents, clarity and presentation. There cular attention is paid to loading and The first section is concerned with
arc papers with weak sections in this structural response and, importantly, connections as structural elements and
book. While some of the papers are overall stability. The examples chosen are describes the design considerations in the
excellent in presentation, others are well illustrated and fully explained. For diffcrent types of beam to column connec-
atrocious. This seems to be a recurrent this reason this second part of the book tions. Thc authors of these chapters have
problem with author prepared copy. I widens its appeal from its intended au- given detailed consideration of stiffness
also believe that several papers would dience to practising engineers who are and ductility as well as strength. The
have been further enhanced by com- approaching the design of one of the second section describes various aspects
parisons of the computer models with above structures either for the first time or of the influence of connection behaviour
full-scale measurements, experiments and are as yet unfamiliar with their design on the performance of columns and com-
observations. using the limit-state steelwork code BS plete frames. The final section is con-
In conclusion, this book contains a 5950. ccrned with the design rules currently in

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