Elektor International Media sent me a copy of Martin Brown’s book, Power Electronics in Motor Drives: Principles, Application and Design. Brown worked with Siemens UK for almost 30 years and designed power supplies for terrestrial based communication equipment and developed a low-cost AC inverter drive that controls the speed of industrial motors. He notes, “This book is aimed at people who want to understand how AC drivers–also known as inverter drives–work and how they are used in industry. It is much more about the practical design and application of drives than about the mathematical principles behind them.” You’ll find a few equations early on, but nothing that won’t yield to basic algebra.
The practical approach will make the book appealing to a wide spectrum of engineers who don’t want to become motor-drive experts, but who need to know how they work so they can properly design them into a motor-control system. The book breaks down into 11 well-illustrated chapters over about 230 pages.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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