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Engineering materials are generally in the TA call number section in ACC libraries, though other call numbers are used for this topic as well:
|TA||Engineering (General) Civil engineering||TA 1001-1280||Transportation engineering|
|TA 164||Bioengineering||TA 1501-1820||Applied optics. Photonics|
|TA 165||Engineering instruments, meters, etc. Industrial instrumentation||TA 2001-2040||Plasma engineering|
|TA 166-167||Human engineering||TC||Hydraulic engineering.|
|TA 168||Systems engineering||TD||Environmental engineering.|
|TA 170-171||Environmental engineering||TE||Highway Engineering. Roads and pavements.|
|TA 174||Engineering design||TF||Railroad engineering and operations.|
|TA 177.4-185||Engineering economy||TG||Bridge engineering.|
|TA 190-194||Management of engineering works||TH||Building construction.|
|TA 197-198||Engineering meteorology||TJ||Mechanical engineering and machinery.|
|TA 213-215||Engineering machinery, tools, and implements||TJ 163||Power resources. Energy conservation.|
|TA 329-348||Engineering mathematics. Engineering analysis||TJ 210.2 - 225||Robotics. Control engineering.|
|TA 349-359||Mechanics of engineering. Applied mechanics||TK||Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering.|
|TA 365-367||Acoustics in engineering. Acoustical engineering||TK 9001 - 9401||Nuclear engineering.|
|TA 401-492||Materials of engineering and construction. Mechanics of materials||TL||Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics.|
|TA 495||Disasters and engineering||TN||Mining engineering. Metallurgy.|
|TA 630-695||Structural engineering (General)||TP||Chemical technology.|
|TA 703-712||Engineering geology. Rock mechanics. Soil mechanics. Underground construction||TS||Manufacturing.|
|TA 715-787||Earthwork. Foundations||TS155 - 194||Production management. Operations management.|
|TA 800-820||Tunneling. Tunnels||VM||Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering.|