Roark's book includes tables of reactions for rigid frames (for when I want
a quick answer without doing a full computer model), arches, curved beams,
torsion, flat plates (rectangular and circular, cylinders/shells, etc. While
it also includes basic beam formulas, it is most beneficial for
"non-typical" designs. I don't use it every day, but when I have a unique
design case, it often provides a solution where other references fail. For
me, it is an essential reference. (I also have a book entitled "Stress and
Strain Data Handbook" by Hsu. It also has tables with similar conditions,
although I haven't used it as much as Roark.)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Allen [mailto:Bill(--nospam--at)AllenDesigns.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2000 3:45 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: RE: engineering books
> I would be curious what you use Roark's for. My copy has sit
> on my shelf for
> a while (I'm not telling how long). I've pulled it out a few
> times when I
> was in a bind and in no case did I find what I need.
> There are better places to put $85 IMO.
> Bill Allen, S.E. (CA #2607)
> ALLEN DESIGNS
> Laguna Niguel, CA
> ||-----Original Message-----
> ||From: Sherman, William [mailto:ShermanWC(--nospam--at)cdm.com]
> ||Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2000 2:22 PM
> ||To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
> ||Subject: RE: engineering books
> ||I think that Roark's book is an excellent reference to have
> ||for structural
> ||> -----Original Message-----
> ||> From: seaint-return(--nospam--at)seaint.org [mailto:seaint-return(--nospam--at)seaint.org]
> ||> Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2000 2:11 PM
> ||> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> ||> Subject: engineering books
> ||> I have seen some people mention Roark's Stress and Strain
> ||> formulas book. A
> ||> typical price around the internet is around $85.00.
> ||> Is this book worth it?
> ||> If one doesn't like backwards d's and funny s's, what other
> ||> books do you
> ||> structural engineers feel are invaluable?
> ||> Thank you in advance to anyone who responds.
> ||> david adie