Re: [SI-LIST] : search for handbook

jrbarnes@lexmark.com
Thu, 12 Aug 1999 10:18:51 -0400

Jan,
I could not find Hamer's book listed on:
* Bookfinder ( http://www.bookfinder.com/ )
* Advanced Book Exchange ( http://www.abebooks.com/ )
* AddALL ( http://www.addall.com/ )
* Barnes & Nobel ( http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ )
* Book Fair Search ( http://www.techexpo.com/cgi-techexpo/bookfair-srch.pl
)
* StanfordBooks.com ( http://www.stanfordbooks.com/ )

These are the best websites I know of for finding old engineering books, out of
40+ online bookstores/book search engines I've got bookmarked. I've had good
luck finding some really obscure engineering/math books for a Ham Radio project
(2 years & counting) by rechecking these websites every two or three months. If
your company has a library, or you are close to a college with an engineering
library, you might be able to borrow the book through Interlibrary Loan.

A Dogpile search ( http://www.dogpile.com ) for Viclan turned up a resume
with the phrase "Kyocera's ceramic capacitor division (Viclan)". Kyocera is
closely associated with AVX (see
http://www.kyocera.co.jp/frame/company/global1.html ), and AVX has a lot of
technical information about capacitors available online at
http://www.avxcorp.com/tech/library.htm

Barium titanate is the base material for most ceramic capacitors. A Dogpile
search for "barium titanate" +frequency found the following
webpages that look like they will be pertinent:
* http://www.syfer.com/pdf/cap03-8.pdf -- information on capacitors
* http://unix.sbu.ac.uk/eeie/research/pem/reports/FinalReportGRK70649.html
-- research into the properties of barium titanate
* http://www-rci.rutgers.edu/~rkpanda/ferroelectric/ferroelectric.html --
research into the properties of ferroelectric ceramics
* http://nlo-serv.ethz.ch/staff/biaggio/mobaniso.html -- research into the
properties of potassium niobiate and barium titanate
* http://www.gbhap.com/abstracts/ferro/T981263H.131.htm -- hysteresis loops
of barium titanate

Skimming through these webpages, impurities in the barium titanate, grain sizes,
and processing all have tremendous effects on the
characteristics of ceramic capacitors, permitting them to be engineered for many
types of applications. So you will probably find a
range of answers to your questions.

A Dogpile search for "tantalum oxide" +frequency found:
* http://www.ikts.fhg.de/publications/schoenecker/2.html -- preparation and
properties of niobium and tantalum oxide

John Barnes KS4GL
Advisory Engineer
Lexmark International

jvercamm%roam.agfa.be@interlock.lexmark.com on 08/12/99 03:07:26 AM

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Subject: [SI-LIST] : search for handbook

Hi,

I am looking for a handbook on ceramic capcitors:

"The Viclan Ceramic Capacitor Handbook", San Diego, Viclan 1975
by D.W. Hamer

The author, Mr. Hamer, has also published an interesting article in
IEEE Spectrum (1968) concerning ceramic capacitors. My personal
interest is in the detailed frequency dependent dielectric constant
and losses of ceramic and tantalum capacitor materials.

Can anyone provide me with directions for Viclan (a company?, still exists?)
or directions for obtaining a copy of the handbook.

Maybe some of you know of related information or interesting sites.

regards,

Jan vercammen
EMC/PCB Engineering Agfa-Gevaert

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