Virginia Eleanor Steward inherited a huge family estate that only brought her too many heartbreaks when having relationships with other very wealthy men. In order to deal with her loneliness, she decides to put her nursing diploma to good use and become a volunteer at a hospital for the uninsured, St. George's Hospital in Chicago.Although St. George's Hospital was established by her late father, but no one knew her there. So, Virginia decided to disguise her true identity and become the flashy dressing and fun loving Nurse Piffy.It was her plan to meet a middle class professional that would love her for herself and not for her tremendous wealth. Employment at the hospital had its challenges, most especially the hospital administrator that pressed her every minute of every day. But, Piffy pledged to never date any wealthy men again and she was going to keep that pledge. So, if she ever wanted to go out with a man again, a middle class man to boot, Piffy would have to put up with all the negative experiences at St. George's.All had been going well for Piffy up until a return vacation trip from a resort in Northern Wisconsin. The need for a rental car, the only one available, resulted in crossing paths with a man with all the characteristics she had pledged to avoid.Alexander was wealthy, handsome and reflected a character of extreme confidence in himself and charming personality. Piffy reflected everything Alexander found deplorable in a woman from her flashy misfitting pieces of clothing to her ridiculously colored shoes.But, the only rental available at the resort was a Mustang that brought problems for both Piffy and Alexander. The Mustang had a stick shift transmission that Alexander did not know how to drive, yet had the means to rent. Piffy, whose entire traveling luggage could not be brought from the hotel due to a torrential downpour, left her credit cards in one of the suitcases. Further, she did not have enough cash to lease the Mustang, but she could drive it.Yet, both wanted to leave the resort due to pending appointments in Chicago and one could not drive the Mustang while the other did not have the cash needed to lease it, but could drive it.After some tense conversations between Alexander and Piffy that resulted in a deep animosity between them, Alexander agreed to pay for the Mustang and, in turn, Piffy would drive the car with the condition that she follow Alexander's specific directions to Chicago.The hasty decision for both to do anything to get out of Wisconsin and to drive down to Chicago in that Mustang was the start of several mutual love-hate encounters that challenged every negative character trait related to each other.Piffy had her pledge of avoiding any possible relationship with wealthy, fake men and Alexander had his image of a fashion conscious lady.Yet, the two personalities were destined to cross paths and both their lives would become so complicated that neither could be around with or away from each other.
In the cool blue twilight of two steep streets in Camden Town, the shop at the corner, a confectioner's, glowed like the butt of a cigar. One should rather say, perhaps, like the butt of a firework, for the light was of many colours and some complexity, broken up by many mirrors and dancing on many gilt and gaily-coloured cakes and sweetmeats.
On Fracture Mechanics A major objective of engineering design is the determination of the geometry and dimensions of machine or structural elements and the selection of material in such a way that the elements perform their operating function in an efficient, safe and economic manner. For this reason the results of stress analysis are coupled with an appropriate failure criterion. Traditional failure criteria based on maximum stress, strain or energy density cannot adequately explain many structural failures that occurred at stress levels considerably lower than the ultimate strength of the material. On the other hand, experiments performed by Griffith in 1921 on glass fibers led to the conclusion that the strength of real materials is much smaller, typically by two orders of magnitude, than the theoretical strength. The discipline of fracture mechanics has been created in an effort to explain these phenomena. It is based on the realistic assumption that all materials contain crack-like defects from which failure initiates. Defects can exist in a material due to its composition, as second-phase particles, debonds in composites, etc. , they can be introduced into a structure during fabrication, as welds, or can be created during the service life of a component like fatigue, environment-assisted or creep cracks. Fracture mechanics studies the loading-bearing capacity of structures in the presence of initial defects. A dominant crack is usually assumed to exist.
Electronic oscillators using an electromechanical device as a frequency reference are irreplaceable components of systems-on-chip for time-keeping, carrier frequency generation and digital clock generation. With their excellent frequency stability and very large quality factor Q, quartz crystal resonators have been the dominant solution for more than 70 years. But new possibilities are now offered by micro-electro-mechanical (MEM) resonators, that have a qualitatively identical equivalent electrical circuit.
Low-Power Crystal and MEMS Oscillators concentrates on the analysis and design of the most important schemes of integrated oscillator circuits. It explains how these circuits can be optimized by best exploiting the very high Q of the resonator to achieve the minimum power consumption compatible with the requirements on frequency stability and phase noise. The author has 40 years of experience in designing very low-power, high-performance quartz oscillators for watches and other battery operated systems and has accumulated most of the material during this period. Some additional original material related to phase noise has been added. The explanations are mainly supported by analytical developments, whereas computer simulation is limited to numerical examples. The main part is dedicated to the most important Pierce circuit, with a full design procedure illustrated by examples. Symmetrical circuits that became popular for modern telecommunication systems are analyzed in a last chapter.
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