Prof. Zingoni launches new book
Professor Zingoni’s latest book, Shell Structures in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, was launched in the New Engineering Building on 28 March 2018. The event was attended by more than 100 guests, who included representatives of national research institutes, engineering practitioners from industry, academics from local universities, as well as UCT staff and students. The book (464 pages), the first of its kind on the continent, has been published by ICE Publishing (Institution of Civil Engineers, London), and is an updated and expanded version of the original edition published by Thomas Telford in 1997.
In his author address, Professor Zingoni acknowledged the role of nature in inspiring the use of shell structures for engineering purposes, and explained why shells are among the most efficient structural forms, with applications ranging from civil, structural and architectural engineering, to mechanical, marine, aerospace and biomedical engineering. In writing this book, Prof. Zingoni has sought to develop the mathematical theories governing the behaviour of thin elastic shells as simply as possible, while giving the reader a deeper insight on the mechanics of the shell, at the same time presenting valuable closed-form solutions for a wide range of practical problems. Professor Zingoni’s book has already received excellent reviews from some of the world’s leading academics and practitioners in the field.
The guest speaker was Dr. Gansen Pillay, Deputy CEO of the National Research Foundation (NRF). In his address, Dr. Pillay acknowledged the world-class quality of Professor Zingoni’s work, and the international recognition it had brought not only to himself, but also to UCT and the country as a whole.