7R25. Digital Photoelasticity: Advanced Techniques and Applications. - K Ramesh (Dept of Mech Eng, Indian Inst of Tech, Kanpur, 208016, India). Springer-Verlag, Berlin. 2000. 410 pp. CD-ROM included. ISBN 3-540-66795-4. $116.00.

Reviewed by G Lewis (Dept of Mech Eng, Univ of Memphis, 316 Eng Bldg, Memphis TN 38152).

Experimental methods of stress analysis continue to hold their own in spite of the appeal of analytical solutions, which are seen to be elegant and challenging in some cases; and numerical methods, which are considered convenient and inexpensive given the abundance of user-friendly, commercially-available software and powerful, fast personal computers today. Photoelasticity is, arguably, the most favored in the pantheon of the experimental techniques. However, no revolutionary developments have occurred in the methods used for photoelastic studies for a very long time (The latest is, perhaps, the PhotoStress® photoelastic coating method, introduced in...

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