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This volume contains the papers presented at IALCCE2016, the fifth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE2016), to be held in Delft, The Netherlands, October 16-19, 2016. It consists of a book of extended abstracts and a DVD with full papers including the Fazlur R. Khan lecture, keynote lectures, and technical papers from all over the world. All major aspects of life-cycle engineering are addressed, with special focus on structural damage processes, life-cycle design, inspection, monitoring, assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation, life-cycle cost of structures and infrastructures, life-cycle performance of special structures, and life-cycle oriented computational tools. The aim of the editors is to provide a valuable source for anyone interested in life-cycle of civil infrastructure systems, including students, researchers and practitioners from all areas of engineering and industry.
Women have made major contributions to science throughout history, including in the field of engineering. Learn about the lives of some of the most amazing women in engineering, from Grace Hopper to GM executive Grace Lieblein, as well as their exciting and important work. Discover what it takes to be an engineer and find out about the opportunities for women in the field. Read Women in Engineering to see if following in the footsteps of the many brilliant women who have made their mark in engineering is something you want to do.
A Lifetime in English Education is a reminder of how important a good school can be in providing pupils from all backgrounds with a rounded education that can only strengthen the bonds of society. This unique insight on the history of post-war British education, tells the personal journey of Philip Vennis – a crusading educationalist, whose long career started at Dulwich College, after which he spent a short time at Bletchley Park as an intelligence officer. Following his degree from Cambridge he taught for nine years at East Ham Grammar School for Boys, became a Deputy Headmaster at Ounsdale Comprehensive School in Wombourne, and then a Headmaster at New Mills Grammar School, Derbyshire, finishing his career with almost twenty years as Principal of one of Hampshire’s premier Sixth Form colleges at Itchen College, Southampton. As his career develops so does his conviction in a belief that a wide ranging education should be provided by the state for all. Philip’s career spanned the post-war education acts, and the rise of the comprehensive system, right up to the cultural changes of the eighties. His belief in public service, his passion for the arts, and his conviction in the power of education to help people transcend their backgrounds is completely different from the primary experience for most current Heads, that of managing a budget and making schools more cost-effective and running them like a business. This book, written by his wife, Diana Vennis, should be an inspiration to all progressive educationalists. In a contemporary environment where the co-ed, comprehensive, open access philosophy seems to have lost out to a market-led educational system, this book is a timely reminder of the journey British education has taken in the post-war period.
High Speed Pulse Technology, Volume IV: Sparks and Laser Pulses covers the production and practical aspects of sparks and laser pulses for the generation and utilization of high speed pulsed of energy in different forms. This volume consists of seven chapters and begins with reviews of the classification of photographic methods of high-speed analysis, specifically the motion analysis of rapid events by white light pulses. The next chapters examine the sources of white pulse light and nanosecond radiation. The remaining chapters discuss the applications of the technology in photography, photolysis, laser pumping, and visualization of flows, cracks, and particles. This book will prove useful to physicists, electrical and other engineering fields, teachers, and students who are interested in sparks and laser pulses.
This updated and revised first-course textbook in applied probability provides a contemporary and lively post-calculus introduction to the subject of probability. The exposition reflects a desirable balance between fundamental theory and many applications involving a broad range of real problem scenarios. It is intended to appeal to a wide audience, including mathematics and statistics majors, prospective engineers and scientists, and those business and social science majors interested in the quantitative aspects of their disciplines. The textbook contains enough material for a year-long course, though many instructors will use it for a single term (one semester or one quarter). As such, three course syllabi with expanded course outlines are now available for download on the book’s page on the Springer website. A one-term course would cover material in the core chapters (1-4), supplemented by selections from one or more of the remaining chapters on statistical inference (Ch. 5), Markov chains (Ch. 6), stochastic processes (Ch. 7), and signal processing (Ch. 8 – available exclusively online and specifically designed for electrical and computer engineers, making the book suitable for a one-term class on random signals and noise). For a year-long course, core chapters (1-4) are accessible to those who have taken a year of univariate differential and integral calculus; matrix algebra, multivariate calculus, and engineering mathematics are needed for the latter, more advanced chapters. At the heart of the textbook’s pedagogy are 1,100 applied exercises, ranging from straightforward to reasonably challenging, roughly 700 exercises in the first four “core” chapters alone—a self-contained textbook of problems introducing basic theoretical knowledge necessary for solving problems and illustrating how to solve the problems at hand – in R and MATLAB, including code so that students can create simulations.
Morris William Travers – A Lifetime of Achievement This book chronicles the remarkable life and accomplishments of Professor Morris William Travers. It covers his entire life and showcases his accomplishments as a scientist, educator, administrator, industrialist and author and encompasses: the history of his family and his early life; his work in setting up Bristol University; India and setting up the Indian Institute of Science; his work in England from 1914 to 1937; and the accomplishments and affairs of his later years. In addition, this book shows the visionary nature and ideas of Professor Travers and his impeccable sense of honor and integrity in dealing with others. In describing this book, I feel that it is best to do so by talking about different parts of the life of Professor Travers. PART ONE The name Travers came from unknown origin though the first Travers in England may have been a chief in the Norman army and may have fought with William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. There were also individuals with variations of the Travers name who settled in America and had some importance in politics of early America. In England, there were Travers family members who were bankers, members of the Royal Society and even one who was a double agent during the war against Napoleon. William Travers, Morris’s father, was a well-known doctor and one of the early practitioners of aseptic surgery while Morris’s mother Anne came from a well-to-do family that had some naval and theological importance in England. Morris (born on January 24th, 1872) and his siblings were cared for by a series of nannies, nurses and maids. Though William’s medical practice was doing well, his children lived simply. Pocket money for the children was limited though William and Anne did take their family on many happy country holidays. Morris received his early education at Ramsgate, Woking College and at Blundell’s School. While at Blundell’s, he excelled in Chemistry but had significant difficulty with Latin. He entered University College in London in 1891. It is likely that an interest in science for Morris Travers had a good deal to do with his father who always felt he had to read more about his field just to keep up and visits to the Regent Street Polytechnic and the Electrical Exhibition at the Crystal Palace. He, unlike most of his classmates, enjoyed the weekly chemistry lectures he received at Blundell’s. William’s encouragement was also important in Morris’s choosing to study at University College in London. Though he enjoyed zoology, Morris soon fell under the tutelage of Ramsay and Plimpton. He earned his B.Sc. in 1893 and began advanced study of chemistry later that same year. Though he had entertained working with Haller in France to earn his Ph.D., Morris became fascinated with the discovery of a new gas by Ramsay [helium] and began work on the properties of the new gas. He was invited by Ramsay to stay and look for the element with mass of 20. This effort led to the discovery of neon. Further work with Ramsay and Hampson on liquefying the components of air brought about the discovery of first krypton and then xenon. Morris, who had great mechanical aptitude and some ability as a draftsman, then was given the task of isolating hydrogen to separate neon from a mixture of air and helium. He built an apparatus that so allowed the isolation of liquid [and solid] hydrogen to make such a separation for neon and then began a study of its properties. He is first asked if he would be interested in being the Director of the proposed Indian institute of Science and publishes his first book “The Experimental Study of Gases”. He works on developing temperature scales by measuring the vapor pressures of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, meets his future wife Dorothy Gray and begins searching for an academi

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