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Handbook: About the Handbook

About the Handbook
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The author has been engaged in designing, testing and review of machine foundations for various industrial projects viz. Petrochemicals, Refineries, Power plants etc. for the last about three decades.

The handbook is written primarily for practising engineers as well as for students at Post Graduate level. Handbook shares author's long experience on the subject and focuses on the improvements needed in the design process with the sole objective of making practising engineers physically understand and feel the dynamics of machine foundation system.

The handbook covers basic fundamentals necessary for understanding and evaluating dynamic response of machine foundation system. The author has also conducted extensive tests on machine foundation models as well as on prototypes. For over two decades, the author has been associated with Failure Analysis Studies on various types of machines.

Observations from all the above studies suggest need for improvement in the design of foundations for better performance of machines. These include:

  1. More comprehensive evaluation of Site Soil Data
  2. Better understanding of Machine Data and its use in foundation design
  3. Improvement in the Design Philosophy that suggests
    1. Improvement in the Modeling Technique
    2. Improvement in Analysis Technique
    3. Improvement in Structural Design process, and
    4. Improvement in Construction Technology

It is the author's concerned observation that in most of the cases, due recognition to Machine, Foundation and Soil data is lacking. More often than not, machine data as well as soil data is treated as black box and used in the design without its proper understanding. A better interaction between foundation designer and machine manufacturer would definitely improve the foundation performance and thereby machine performance. Over the years, author has observed that such interactions are lacking. It is the author's concerned opinion that such an interaction is not only desirable but essential too.

It is anticipated that this handbook shall serve as a Reference Book. The author is confident that it shall bridge the knowledge gap and shall be beneficial to the practising engineers, students, academicians/researchers as well to the industry.

The text is divided in to 6 Parts.

Part I takes care of Theoretical Aspects.

Part II caters to Design Parameters. Part III deals with design of Foundations for Real Life Machines. Part IV caters to Vibration Isolation System for Real Life Machines. Part V caters to Foundations for R & M Projects. Part VI caters to Construction Aspects and Case Studies related to machine foundation.