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About the editor Alexander Blake is Engineer at Large at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he also chairs several design review and policy committees within the Laboratory's Mechanical Engineering Department. After graduation and postgraduate research in mechanical engineering at London University, he held a number of technical and management positions with British and U.S. industries. His U.S. assignments included positions with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Associated Spring Barnes Group, Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation, Aerojet General Corporation, and the Boeing Company He holds several patent disclosures and many of his design and research solutions have appeared in national and international publications. He has authored two textbooks, Design of Curved Members for Machines, 2nd Edition (1979) and Practical Stress Analysis in Engineering Design (1982). In 1969 he was awarded the title of Chartered Engineer by the British Council of Engineering Institutions and was made a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1974.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Mechanics, Applied Handbooks, manuals, etc, Strength of materials Handbooks, manuals, etc, Structural analysis (Engineering) Handbooks, manuals, etc