Right now showing at the engineering library is an exhibit called The Cult of LEGO. It shows what can be created with Lego and touches on the many books we have on LEGO at the library.
Lego is a popular line of construction toys manufactured by The Lego Group, a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company’s flagship product, Lego, consists of colorful interlocking plastic bricks and an accompanying array of gears, minifigures and various other parts. Lego bricks can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects.
Lego began manufacturing interlocking toy bricks in 1949. Since then a global Lego subculture has developed, supporting movies, games, competitions, and six themed amusement parks. As of 2013, around 560 billion Lego parts had been produced.
There is a lot about the history of Lego on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego but suffice it to say that we show what can be built with LEGO by using sets designed by Dan Daly retired llHR Hydroscience and Engineering Librarian and Kari Kozak head of the Lichtenberger Engineering Library. You will find Minifigs, creepy looking lairs, books with Angels, towers and Castles, battle ships, Star Wars, Reiman Gardens in Ames, The Hobbit, and what has become to be known as The Lego Universe.
For some books on LEGO creation check these out: http://ow.ly/rupD6; and http://ow.ly/ruAE6
Steel bridges : conceptual and structural design of steel and steel-concrete composite bridges / Jean-Paul Lebet, Manfred A. Hirt ; translated from the French by Graham Couchman.
Available at Engineering Library (TG380 .L43 2013 )
The book is divided in 5 parts.
- The first part is the a general introduction to bridges and terminology and giving a historic background to steel bridges.
- The second part considers conceptual design.
- The third part is dedicated to analysis and design of the structural member of steel and composite bridges.
- The fourth deals with the peculiarities of other bridges such as railway bridges, bridges for pedestrians and cyclists and arch bridges.
- The final part contains a numerical example for a composite bridge.
- The guidance can be extended and applied to other types of structures. The content of this book deals first of all, and in detail, with road bridges, followed by chapters with specifics of railway and bridges for pedestrian and cyclists.
Last January, a medical helicopter flying from Mason City to Emmettsburg crashed in a field, killing all three of the people on board; the pilot reported encountering ice and snow just before that crash.
Now, researchers at the University of Iowa and engineers at Rockwell Collins are working on new technology to keep pilots and crew safe in those kinds of low visibility situations.
There are many books on Aerodynamics at the Engineering Library that you might find of interest here are a list of a few: http://ow.ly/qVVwg
Xpress Class Today November 14th: Web of Science (30 Minutes). Registration: 2:30 http://ow.ly/qOK6p and 5:30 http://ow.ly/qOKrh . Open to all!
November 7th-Keeping up with Your Research : Alerts and Notifications. Registration: 2:30pm http://uiowa.libcal.com/event.php?id=368930 or 5pm http://uiowa.libcal.com/event.php?id=368933
Library Xpress class tomorrow Thursday 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm October 31st, Compendex. Register at: goo.gl/SXaKbz
Library Xpress class tomorrow Thursday 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm October 24th, Patent Searching. Register at: goo.gl/SXaKbz
From Wikipedia: Mole Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated among chemists and chemistry students on October 23, between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM, making the date 6:02 10/23 in the American style of writing dates. The time and date are derived from Avogadro’s number, which is approximately 6.02×1023, defining the number of particles (atoms or molecules) in onemole of substance, one of the seven base SI units. Mole Day originated in an article in The Science Teacher in the early 1980s. Inspired by this article, Maurice Oehler, now a retired high school chemistry teacher from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, founded the National Mole Day Foundation (NMDF) on May 15, 1991. Many high schools around the United States, South Africa, Australia and in Canada celebrate Mole Day as a way to get their students interested in chemistry, with various activities often related to chemistry or moles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mole_Day
Library Xpress class tomorrow Thursday 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm October 17, Inside PubMed. Register at: goo.gl/SXaKbz