New Books @ EnggLib1 as of June 14, 2016


Wireless mesh networks

Author/s Kenneth Baclawski
Place of Publication Boca Raton, FL
Date of Publication 2008
Publisher Chapman & Hall

  • Based on a popular course taught by the late Gian-Carlo Rota of MIT, with many new topics covered as well, Introduction to Probability with R presents R programs and animations to provide an intuitive yet rigorous understanding of how to model natural phenomena from a probabilistic point of view. Although the R programs are small in length, they are just as sophisticated and powerful as longer programs in other languages. This brevity makes it easy for students to become proficient in R.This calculus-based introduction organizes the material around key themes. One of the most important themes centers on viewing probability as a way to look at the world, helping students think and reason probabilistically. The text also shows how to combine and link stochastic processes to form more complex processes that are better models of natural phenomena. In addition, it presents a unified treatment of transforms, such as Laplace, Fourier, and z; the foundations of fundamental stochastic processes using entropy and information; and an introduction to Markov chains from various viewpoints. Each chapter includes a short biographical note about a contributor to probability theory, exercises, and selected answers.

Advances in remote sensing and GIS analysis

Editor/s Peter M. Atkinson and Nicholas J. Tate
Place of Publication Chichester, Eng
Date of Publication 1999
Publisher Wiley

  • An authoritative and state-of-the-art book bringing together some of the most recent developments in remote sensing and GIS analysis with a particular emphasis on mathematical techniques and their applications.With contributions from academia, industry and research institutes, all with a high standing, this book covers a range of techniques including: fuzzy classification, artificial neural networks, geostatistical techniques (such as kriging, cokriging, stochastic simulation and regularization, texture classification, fractals, per-parcel classification, raster and vector data integration and process modelling. The range of applications includes land cover and land use mapping, cloud tracking, snow cover mapping and air temperature monitoring, topographic mapping, geological classification and soil erosion modelling.

    This book will be valuable to both researchers and advanced students of remote sensing and GIS. It contains several new approaches, recent developments, and novel applications of existing techniques. Most chapters report the results of experiment and investigation. Some chapters form broad reviews of recent developments in the field. In all cases, the mathematical basis is fully explained.

Data analysis and statistics for geography, environmental science, and engineering

Author/s Miguel F. Acevedo
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher CRC Press

  • Providing a solid foundation for twenty-first-century scientists and engineers, Data Analysis and Statistics for Geography, Environmental Science, and Engineering guides readers in learning quantitative methodology, including how to implement data analysis methods using open-source software. Given the importance of interdisciplinary work in sustainability, the book brings together principles of statistics and probability, multivariate analysis, and spatial analysis methods applicable across a variety of science and engineering disciplines.
    • Learn How to Use a Variety of Data Analysis and Statistics MethodsBased on the author’s many years of teaching graduate and undergraduate students, this textbook emphasizes hands-on learning. Organized into two parts, it allows greater flexibility using the material in various countries and types of curricula. The first part covers probability, random variables and inferential statistics, applications of regression, time series analysis, and analysis of spatial point patterns. The second part uses matrix algebra to address multidimensional problems. After a review of matrices, it delves into multiple regression, dependent random processes and autoregressive time series, spatial analysis using geostatistics and spatial regression, discriminant analysis, and a variety of multivariate analyses based on eigenvector methods.
    • Build from Fundamental Concepts to Effective Problem SolvingEach chapter starts with conceptual and theoretical material to give a firm foundation in how the methods work. Examples and exercises illustrate the applications and demonstrate how to go from concepts to problem solving. Hands-on computer sessions allow students to grasp the practical implications and learn by doing. Throughout, the computer examples and exercises use seeg and RcmdrPlugin.seeg, open-source R packages developed by the author, which help students acquire the skills to implement and conduct analysis and to analyze the results.

      This self-contained book offers a unified presentation of data analysis methods for more effective problem solving. With clear, easy-to-follow explanations, the book helps students to develop a solid understanding of basic statistical analysis and prepares them for learning the more advanced and specialized methods they will need in their work.

Operations research methodologies

Editor/s A. Ravi Ravindran
Place of Publication Boca Raton
Date of Publication 2009
Publisher CRC Press

  • A single source guide to operations research (OR) techniques, this book covers emerging OR methodologies in a clear, concise, and unified manner. Building a bridge between theory and practice, it begins with coverage of fundamental models and methods such as linear, nonlinear, integer, and dynamic programming, networks, simulation, queuing, inventory, stochastic processes, and decision analysis. The book then explores emerging techniques including multiple criteria optimization, meta heuristics, robust optimization, and complexity and large scale networks. Each chapter gives an overview of a particular methodology, illustrates successful applications, and provides references to computer software availability.

Mechatronics with experiments

Author/s Sabri Cetinkunt
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Date of Publication 2015
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd

  • Comprehensively covers the fundamental scientific principles and technologies that are used in the design of modern computer-controlled machines and processes.
    • Covers embedded microcontroller based design of machines
    • Includes MATLAB®/Simulink®-based embedded control software development
    • Considers electrohydraulic motion control systems, with extensive applications in construction equipment industry
    • Discusses electric motion control, servo systems, and coordinated multi-axis automated motion control for factory automation applications
    • Accompanied by a website hosting a solution manual

Solar energy in buildings : thermal balance for efficient heating and cooling

Author/s Dorota Chwieduk
Place of Publication Amsterdam : Elsevier
Date of Publication 2014
Publisher Academic Press

  • Solar Energy in Buildings presents solar radiation fundamentals and their applications in buildings, supported by theoretical analysis and results of original simulation studies in solar energy availability, collection, and conversion for both active and passive use. In-depth coverage of energy balance and heat transfer in building envelopes is supported by the inclusion of calculations and case studies, while contextualizing within an integrated design approach.
    • Explains the best uses of cutting-edge advances such as concentrated solar thermal, thermoelectric and polymetric materials
    • Covers active and passive solar collection and conversion systems
    • Provides energy balance calculations and case studies deriving from real installations connect theory and practice

Modern geothermal HVAC : engineering and control applications

Author/s Jay Egg, Greg Cunniff, Carl D. Orio
Place of Publication New York
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher McGraw-Hill Education

  • With a focus on market needs and customer goals, this practical guide explains how to realize the full potential of geothermal HVAC by integrating hydronic systems and controls at maximum capacity. Modern Geothermal HVAC: Engineering and Control Applications explains how to engineer and specify geothermal HVAC for building projects in varying geographic regions. Typical details on control parameters are provided. By using the proven methods in this innovative resource, you will be able to develop highly efficient, long-lasting, and aesthetically pleasing geothermal HVAC systems.
  • Coverage includes:
    • Low-temperature geothermal or earth coupling
    • Geothermal heat-pump equipment
    • Variations in earth coupling
    • Application of earth coupling with regard to site conditions
    • Closed-loop earth coupling and fusion
    • Intermediate heat exchanger usage in geothermal applications
    • Standing column and open geothermal systems
    • Fundamentals of comfort, psychrometrics, and thermodynamics
    • Hydronic and air HVAC system basics
    • Hydronic HVAC system equipment
    • Variations and improvements to hydronic systems
    • Control systems
    • Load sharing and energy recovery
    • Calculating system efficiencies, heat gain, and loss
    • Geothermal rebates, incentives, and renewables legislation

Engineering decision making and risk management

Author/s Jeffrey W. Herrmann
Place of Publication Hoboken, New Jersey
Date of Publication 2015
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  • Emphasizes practical issues and examples of decision making with applications in engineering design and management

    Featuring a blend of theoretical and analytical aspects, Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management presents multiple perspectives on decision making to better understand and improve risk management processes and decision-making systems.

    Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management uniquely presents and discusses three perspectives on decision making: problem solving, the decision-making process, and decision-making systems. The author highlights formal techniques for group decision making and game theory and includes numerical examples to compare and contrast different quantitative techniques. The importance of initially selecting the most appropriate decision-making process is emphasized through practical examples and applications that illustrate a variety of useful processes. Presenting an approach for modeling and improving decision-making systems, Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management also features:

    • Theoretically sound and practical tools for decision making under uncertainty, multi-criteria decision making, group decision making, the value of information, and risk management
    • Practical examples from both historical and current events that illustrate both good and bad decision making and risk management processes
    • End-of-chapter exercises for readers to apply specific learning objectives and practice relevant skills
    • A supplementary website with instructional support material, including worked solutions to the exercises, lesson plans, in-class activities, slides, and spreadsheets

Energy centered management : a guide to reducing energy consumption and cost

Author/s Marvin T. Howell
Place of Publication Lilburn, GA
Date of Publication 2015
Publisher The Fairmont Press

  • This book provides organizations with a guide to planning, developing, and implementing an energy reduction and management program. It is specially designed to achieve energy reduction deployment including top management for all employees and onsite contractors. Energy reduction deployment (ERD) can be implemented by itself and render significant savings; however, for even greater savings, this book shows how to implement energy centered management systems (ECMS) which can be in congruence with ISO 50001. This book assists in the hunt for energy waste and is designed to thoroughly cover ECMS plus addresses what additions are necessary to have ECMS conform to ISO 50001 Energy Management System (EnMS). It provides a checklist and information on how to perform an internal audit or self-inspection and discusses how to create an energy awareness organization culture.

Solar energy engineering : processes and systems

Author/s Soteris A. Kalogirou
Place of Publication Oxford, UK
Date of Publication 2014
Publisher Academic Press

  • Energy policy promoting sustainable development is transforming global energy markets. Solar power, the most abundant of all renewable resources, is crucial to greater achieving energy security and sustainability. This new edition of Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems from Prof. Soteris Kalogirou, a renowned expert with over thirty years of experience in renewable energy systems and applications, includes revised and updated chapters on all areas of solar energy engineering from the fundamentals to the highest level of current research. The book includes high interest topics such as solar collectors, solar water heating, solar space heating and cooling, industrial process heat, solar desalination, photovoltaic technology, solar thermal power systems, modeling of solar energy systems and includes a new chapter on wind energy systems. As solar energy’s vast potential environmental and socioeconomic benefits are broadly recognized, the second edition of Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems will provide professionals and students with a resource on the basic principles and applications of solar energy systems and processes and can be used as a reference guide to practicing engineers who want to understand how solar systems operate and how to design the systems.
    • Written by one of the world’s most renowned experts in solar energy with over thirty years of experience in renewable and particularly solar energy applications
    • Provides updated chapters including new sections detailing solar collectors, uncertainties in solar collector performance testing, building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), thermosiphonic systems performance prediction and solar updraft tower systems
    • Includes a new chapter on wind energy systems
    • Packed with reference tables and schematic diagrams for the most commonly used systems

Project management best practices : achieving global excellence

Author/s Harold Kerzner
Place of Publication Hoboken, New Jersey
Date of Publication 2014
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc.

  • ESenior executives and project managers from more than 50 world-class companies offer their best practices for successful project management implementation

    The first two editions of the bestselling Project Management Best Practices helped project managers navigate the increasingly complex task of working within global corporations employing distant and diverse work teams. This new Third Edition includes the same valuable wealth of proven best practices, while following up on case studies from previous editions and offering new case studies on project management practices at large and small companies.

    The Third Edition offers insight from project managers and executives at more than fifty global companies in all sectors of the market. These industry-leading professionals offer insight and best practices for:

    • Project risk management
    • Project management for multinational cultures and cultural failures
    • Focusing on value, as well as cost and schedule
    • Integrated and virtual project teams

    Covering the latest developments in the project management field, Project Management Best Practices, Third Edition offers a must-have window into the issues and solutions facing corporate managers, project and team managers, engineers, project team members, and business consultants in today’s global market.

Facilities management : managing maintenance for buildings and facilities

Author/s Joel Levitt
Place of Publication New York, N.Y.
Date of Publication 2013
Publisher Momentum Press

  • Facilities management is a broad-based discipline that calls into play architectural, construction, engineering, and management and human skills– particularly for running and maintaining commercial, institutional, academic, and industrial buildings. This book will cover the essential role and responsibilities of the facilities manager as it pertains to building maintenance. If you’re a newcomer to facilities management you will find this book an excellent introduction to managing maintenance. Already an established professional? You’ll be able to brush up on the latest technological and regulatory trends affecting how complex facilities should be successfully maintained by way of risk assessment. The book contains ample, ready-to-use assessment forms and resources for extended practical information. Highlights include: • Coverage of key components of facilities maintenance management including risk management , building safety, operations and purchasing, staffing, and more • Guidance on new trends including “lean building maintenance” and Green Building specs (Green Spec) like LEED • Guidance on legal contracts, safety regulations, energy efficiency, and more • Specific management guidance by building type including apartments, office buildings, hotels and resorts, government buildings, schools, transport facilities and many others.

Solar energy, photovoltaics, and domestic hot water : a technical and economic guide for project planners, builders, and property owners

Author/s Russell H. Plante
Place of Publication San Diego, CA
Date of Publication 2014
Publisher Academic Press

  • Solar Energy, Photovoltaics, and Domestic Hot Water provides a fundamental understanding of heat and energy conversions and of both solar domestic hot water system types with associated components and photovoltaic/inverter system combinations. It provides the information needed to determine and understand the proper siting requirements, the amount of energy needed (based upon usage), the amount of solar energy available, the methods of comparing collectors for both hot water and photovoltaic situations, and the number of collectors necessary for either hot water or electricity. Solar Energy, Photovoltaics, and Domestic Hot Water also details the investment and cost savings advantages of using solar energy through a unique compilation of information and explanations not available in other publications or on the internet. This includes comprehensive financial explanations with examples using basic engineering management analysis methods. These examples include present and future worth relative to break-even costs and cash flow analysis and actual quoted systems and worksheets for typical electrical solar PV and DHW demand scenarios allowing you to calculate your own cost estimates and to evaluate your own projects relative to investment payback. Solar Energy, Photovoltaics, and Domestic Hot Water will enable readers make informed decisions about the economic practicality of solar generation sources for residential or commercial use based upon location, energy demands, associated conventional fuel costs, solar energy system costs, and tax incentives.
    • Key Features:

    • Provides a fundamental understanding of solar DHW and photovoltaic systems
    • Uses clear guidelines to evaluate solar DHW and photovoltaic systems’ value as a long-term investment vs traditional power and heat generation methods
    • Discusses cost and operating expenses relative to investment and return on capital which will be beneficial to project planners, installers, energy managers, builders and property owners

Gas turbines : a handbook of air, land and sea applications

Author/s Claire Soares
Place of Publication Kidlington, Oxford, UK
Date of Publication 2015
Publisher Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier

  • Covering basic theory, components, installation, maintenance, manufacturing, regulation and industry developments, Gas Turbines: A Handbook of Air, Sea and Land Applications is a broad-based introductory reference designed to give you the knowledge needed to succeed in the gas turbine industry, land, sea and air applications.

    Providing the big picture view that other detailed, data-focused resources lack, this book has a strong focus on the information needed to effectively decision-make and plan gas turbine system use for particular applications, taking into consideration not only operational requirements but long-term life-cycle costs in upkeep, repair and future use.

    With concise, easily digestible overviews of all important theoretical bases and a practical focus throughout, Gas Turbines is an ideal handbook for those new to the field or in the early stages of their career, as well as more experienced engineers looking for a reliable, one-stop reference that covers the breadth of the field.

    • Covers installation, maintenance, manufacturer’s specifications, performance criteria and future trends, offering a rounded view of the area that takes in technical detail as well as well as industry economics and outlook
    • Updated with the latest industry developments, including new emission and efficiency regulations and their impact on gas turbine technology
    • Over 300 pages of new/revised content, including new sections on microturbines, non-conventional fuel sources for microturbines, emissions, major developments in aircraft engines, use of coal gas and superheated steam, and new case histories throughout highlighting component improvements in all systems and sub-systems.

Waste to energy

Editor/s S. Syngellakis
Place of Publication Southampton, UK
Date of Publication 2015
Publisher WIT Press

  • “Waste to Energy” deals with the very topical subject of converting the calorific content of waste material into useful forms of energy. It complements and, to a certain degree, overlaps with its companion volume, “Biomass to Biofuels”, since a significant proportion of biomass converted to energy nowadays originates from various types of waste. The material in the first, more substantial part of the volume has been arranged according to the type of process for energy conversion. Biochemical processes are described in six articles. These relate to the production of methane by anaerobic digestion; reactor conversion efficiencies; investigations on ethanol production from biodegradable municipal solid waste through hydrolysis and fermentation; hydrogen production from glucose through a hybrid anaerobic and photosynthetic process; biodiesel production from used cooking oil through base-catalyzed transesterification. Conversions by thermochemical processes are discussed in the subsequent eleven articles of the volume. These cover combustion, the direct use of heat energy; using the heat produced in thermal power stations for steam and, ultimately, electricity generation; municipal solid waste and refuse-derived fuel. In another article, computational fluid dynamics modelling is applied to assess the influence of process parameters and to perform optimization studies. A group of articles deal with more complex thermochemical processes involving combustion combined with pyrolysis and gasification. Two articles focus on biofuels as feed for fuel cells. In the last six articles, the emphasis is on management and policy rather than technical issues.

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