Practical Stress Analysis for Design Engineers
Jean-Claude Flabel, Lake City Publishing Company, 1997
Deluxe Hardbound Edition, 474 illustrations and drawings, 685 pages.

REVIEW written by Frank Reginald Wall                                         

      The author explains the essence of aircraft stress analysis simply and eloquently in this new book release. This book provides not only an introduction to the fundamentals of aircraft stress analysis for inexperienced design engineers (in the form of an instruction manual for their study and design use) but can also be used as a handy reference by more experienced engineers in this field. This comprehensive work is succinctly crafted to offer each engineer a systematic, hands-on approach to engineering designs based on industry-proven methodologies. Brilliantly portrayed, emphasis is placed on the solution of actual aircraft structural designs so realistic that working engineers and aircraft enthusiasts—designers and experimenters—can easily relate to their own aircraft designs. To avoid the time-consuming approaches to the analysis of many designs, wherever possible, shortcuts, approximate methods, and rule-of-thumb methods of analysis will be employed. This will provide convenient and reliable methods of analysis with sufficient accuracy to use in preliminary and investigative stages of design work.
     This book is intended to develop the engineer’s ability to make intelligent decisions on a well-informed basis, to analyze and study the structural behavior of new and existing designs, and to achieve a level of engineering competency “unmatched” by existing educational programs or reference sources.  This book has a wealth of information about “practical theory” and enough “example problem solutions” included to make the material practical-to-use and easy-to-understand by working design engineers and aircraft enthusiasts.
     To efficiently design an aircraft structure, the principles of stress analysis (as contained in this book) are used to assist and support these individuals in arriving at practical design solutions for new and innovative designs.  The author has incorporated into this publication: instructor lecture notes, hundreds of illustrations and drawings, actual example problems, and interactive question-and-answer discussions encountered in the live classroom sessions that were selectively taught at major U.S. aerospace companies. From this, a quality reference book was created that can be used to completely master the fundamentals of stress analysis and, as an added-bonus, enable designers to achieve the equivalency of “many years” of actual engineering experience. As many designers and stress professionals have stated about this book, “there is nothing else quite like it.”
     This is a book for those individuals who want to go beyond mere academic training to those who desperately want to know and understand “real” aircraft structure. The following main topics are covered: (1) Principles of Statics; (2) Design and Analysis of Axial and Bending Members; (3) Connection Analysis; (4) Shearing Stresses; (5) Shear and Tension Clip Supports; (6) Crippling of Compression Members; (7) Design and Analysis of Column Members; (8) Shear-Resistant Beams; and (9) Cutouts and Hole Reinforcements.
     This is a comprehensive work that will immediately assist and support these individuals so that they can perform effectively in many different and unique design situations. By pursuing a diligent and thorough study of this material to its conclusion, this knowledge can be attained without enduring the rigors of formal academic training. This book may be purchased directly from the publisher for $98.00 plus shipping and handling (in U.S. dollars).

Frank Reginald Wall
—Aerospace Designer Consultant

Atlanta, Georgia                                                                                                                  
February 3, 1998

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