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Aircraft Propulsion and Gas Turbine Engines, Second Edition
This is a large and heavy book with over 1,400 pages (the first edition had over 900 pages). The author maintains that this expanded second edition may be used as a textbook in upper-level undergraduate courses related to aircraft and rocket propulsion and aero engine design. The second edition is a comprehensive book that covers (in detail) a multitude of engine types and models and their major component subassemblies. Each chapter includes many solved problems or illustrative examples. Additionally, at the end of each chapter there is a list of problems for students. The book is well illustrated with drawings, photographs, and graphs. Some interesting aspects of this work include a case study on ramjet performance, a chapter pertaining to high-speed supersonic and hypersonic engines, and a section on three-spool engines. This book may be of use to aerospace engineering students as a reference for a number of their required courses. It will also serve as a good reference for aerospace engineering professionals.
--A. M. Strauss, Vanderbilt University - Choice
Ceramic Processing, Second Edition
Rahaman’s latest Ceramic Processing is a greatly modified update to the first edition (CH, Mar'08, 45-3817) and also to Ceramic Processing and Sintering(1995; 2nd ed., 2003). Several chapters have been added and extended. Specifically, the section on powder synthesis has been extended into three individual chapters: “Synthesis and Preparation of Powders: Mechanical Methods,” “Powder Synthesis by Chemical Methods,” and “Synthesis of Ceramic Nanoparticles.” Another major change is the expansion of a previous chapter on the forming of ceramics, which has been developed into three additional chapters: “Processing Additives,” “Forming of Ceramics: Conventional Methods,” and “Additive Manufacturing of Ceramics.” Newer chapters pertaining to sintering and colloidal processing have been added. The updates and reorganization of chapters highlight recent advancements and provide the reader with additional aspects not covered in Rahaman’s previous works. Similar to the earlier editions, each chapter concludes with a “Problems” section to help students test their comprehension. Nonetheless, without an answer key, students are left to ponder whether their answers are correct. Overall, this work can be considered a leading resource in the area of ceramic processing. It is strongly recommended for undergraduates, and also provides enough information to be a useful resource for graduate students, researchers, and other individuals involved in the field of ceramics.
--H. Giesche, Alfred University - Choice