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Outside the Research Lab, Volume 2

Physics in vintage and modern transport
Sharon Ann Holgate


This book explores the physics and technology inherent to preserving and restoring old forms of transport as well as creating modern transport for today and for our future needs. This book provides readers with an interesting insight into some of the diverse applications for physics outside of research laboratories. It also covers several different aspects of transport, ranging from the restoration of vintage buses to the materials used in the latest supercars.

About Editors

Sharon Ann Holgate has a doctorate in experimental physics from the University of Sussex. She has worked for 20 years as a freelance science writer and broadcaster. She was a co-author on a children's science book, The Way Science Works, and a contributor to the popular science books 30-Second Quantum Theory and 30-Second Energy. She has written two other books: Understanding Solid State Physics, and Outside the Research Lab, Volume 1: Physics in the arts, architecture and design.

Table of Contents

About the author    
Chapter 1 Introduction          
Chapter 2 Chip off the old block— Electrical systems and electronics in steam and historic diesel locomotives  
2.1 Introduction                          
2.2 On-board a 21st Century steam locomotive  
2.3 Electronics on-board a heritage steam locomotive  
2.4 Keeping a 1960s diesel shunter on track  
2.5 The electrical system for a vintage railroad observation car
References and Further Reading  
Web links
Chapter 3 Driving force—the physics of sports cars  
3.1 Introduction                              
3.2 Designing and creating a track day car  
3.3 Materials used in supercars  
References and Further Reading  
Web links  
Chapter 4 Hitting the road—physics and technology in vintage buses  
4.1 Introduction                              
4.2 Horse-drawn buses  
4.3 Restoring a vintage diesel bus  
References and Further Reading  
Web links


Paperback ISBN: 9780750329408

Ebook ISBN: 9781643272696

DOI: 10.1088/978-1-64327-270-2

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers


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