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BOOKS authored by Materials Engineering Staff


Author Dr. P.R. Lewis


The Oxford Train Wreck of Christmas Eve 1874


  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Tempus, The History Press (1 May 2008)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 075244512X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752445120
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The development of railways in Britain came in the 1830s as a result of the needs of industry and of the public eager for the novelty and cheapness of rail travel. These early railways were beset by accidents caused by collisions and mechanical failure, and the 1870s produced more disasters than any other decade before or since. On Christmas Eve in 1874 the worst accident in the history of the GWR occurred at Shipton-on-Cherwell, several miles from Oxford, when the 10 a.m. from London Paddington to Birkenhead derailed, killing thirty-four passengers. The fracture of a single tyre was enough to cause this catastrophe due to the lack of continuous braking and inadequate communication between the driver and passengers. The authors detail the history surrounding this tragic event using the accounts of eyewitnesses, archive newspaper articles and reports.


Author - Peter R. Lewis


Disaster on the Dee: Robert Stephenson's Nemesis of 1847 (Paperback)


  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NPI Media Group; 07 edition (14 Feb 2007)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 075244266X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752442662
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This book presents a look at one of the first major railway disasters in Britain, the fall of the Dee bridge in May 1847, which occurred just outside Chester with the loss of five lives.


Author Dr. P.R. Lewis

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay: Reinvestigating the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: NPI Media Group (Nov 2004)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0752431609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752431604
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Britain's worst engineering disaster revisited. The book describes in great detail the events leading up to he Tay bridge disaster of 1879. The subsequent public Inquiry provides the answers to why the disaster occurred, which the author provides in the form of extracts from the main witnesses. The reinvestigation confirms their cncluisons that the bridge was badly designed, built and maintained. The book concludes by examining the aftermath and modern disasters which show the importance of forensic methods in understanding them, and learning the lessons so as to prevent further accidents. Dr. Peter Lewis tells the real story of how the Tay Bridge so spectacularly collapsed.


Author Dr. M. E. Fitzpatrick

Analysis of Residual Stress by Diffraction Using Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd (6 Feb 2003)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0415303974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415303972
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The book gives an overview of the principles of the techniques, and examples of thier applications to a range of materials and engineering problems. It contains 20 papers from leading international experts in residual stress analysis, covering the theoretical basis of stress analysis by diffraction methods, the practical implementation of the methods, and examples of key areas of application. Applications include the determination of internal stresses in weldments, in composite materials, following shot peening, and in ceramics. Problems in making measurements on textured samples are discussed. The book will be useful for engineers and scientists who work in any field where residual stresses are of importance, and for anyone involved with the application of neutron or synchrotron radiation for stress management.



Authors - Prof. W.J. Plumbridge, Dr. R Matela, A. Westwater

Structural Integrity and Reliability in Electronics
Enhancing Performance in a Lead-Free Environment

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers (Dec 2003)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1402017650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402017650
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The World's largest industrial sector, Electronics, is facing twin challenges arising from the transition to environmentally-benign solder alloys and the necessity to maintain structural integrity and reliability in the face of continuing miniaturisation. This book is probably the first to address the situation from a multidisciplinary teaching perspective. The authors' expertise in Materials, Electronics Manufacture and Design are integrated throughout to establish a common platform and language for practitioners from the many fields involved. Communication is facilitated by a dual-level of presentation of the subject principles and the latest developments in industry and in research.


Author Dr. P.R. Lewis, Colin Gagg, Ken Reynolds.

Forensic Materials Engineering; Case studies


  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press Inc ( 2003)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0849311829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849311826
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Text is built upon case studies of real accidents, broadly focused on consumer products, and dedicated to problem solving through scientific principles. It is illustrated by over 200 photographs and 80 explanatory diagrams, and describes more than 100 cases in depth. It covers both metal and polymer products, and most of the cases are from the 1990's or 2000 on.




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