Design Concepts for Engineers

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-01-06
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For courses in design engineering

Applying Design Concepts for All Engineers

Design Concepts for Engineers introduces engineering students to the basic concepts and principles of design and their application to engineering disciplines. This general text provides a platform through which all engineers can understand major concepts, despite their specialty backgrounds. With a focus on the design process rather than the technical details of a specific engineering field, the Eighth Edition connects with a wide range of readers.


Design Concepts for Engineers is a versatile text that can be taught to both introductory and higher level students as either a comprehensive material or in its distinct chapter modules. With knowledge of basic algebra, any engineer can explore and understand this enticing text, making it an ideal source material to reach a wide range of audiences.


Author Biography

Mark N. Horenstein is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University. He has degrees in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. and U.C.  Berkeley and has been involved in teaching engineering design for the greater part of his academic career. He frequently teaches first-year engineering courses, and he also devised and developed the departmental senior capstone design course. In the latter, students work for a virtual engineering company developing products and systems for real-world engineering and social-service clients. Professor Horenstein does research work in the areas of electromechanical design and applied electromagnetics.

Table of Contents



1.1 Engineering Has Many Fields    

1.1.1 Aeronautical Engineering     

1.1.2 Agricultural Engineering     

1.1.3 Biomedical Engineering 

1.1.4 Chemical Engineering   

1.1.5 Civil Engineering

1.1.6 Computer Engineering   

1.1.7 Electrical Engineering 

1.1.8 Environmental Engineering    

1.1.9 Industrial Engineering 

1.1.10 Materials Engineering 

1.1.11 Mechanical Engineering

1.1.12 Mechatronics Engineering    

1.1.13 Naval Engineering     

1.1.14 Nuclear Engineering   

1.1.15 Petroleum Engineering 

1.1.16 Systems Engineering   

1.2 Some Engineering Professional Organizations

1.3 Becoming A Licensed Professional Engineer  

1.4 The Engineer: Central to Project Management

1.5 Engineering: A Set of Skills   

1.5.1 Knowledge  

1.5.2 Experience 

1.5.3 Intuition  

Key Terms  



2.1 The Use of The Word Design     

2.2 The Difference Between Analysis, Design, and Replication     

2.2.1 Analysis   

2.2.2 Design  

2.2.3 Replication  

2.3 Good Design Versus Bad Design   

2.4 The Design Cycle   

2.4.1 Define the Overall Objectives   

2.4.2 Gather Information  

2.4.3 Identify and Evaluate Possible Design Strategies  

2.4.4 Make a First Cut at the Design    

2.4.5 Model and Analyze    

2.4.6 Build, Document, and Test  

2.4.7 Revise and Revise Again   

2.4.8 Test the Product Thoroughly    

2.5 Generating Ideas   

2.5.1 Ground Rules for Brainstorming    

2.5.2 Formal Brainstorming  

2.5.3 Informal Brainstorming  

2.6 Design Examples    

2.6.1 Robot Design Competition  

2.6.2 Face Mask Production Facility   

2.6.3 Automatic Pipette Machine  

2.6.4 Sailboat Autopilot  

2.6.5 Ocean Energy Harvester    


Key Terms   




3.1 Working in Teams   

3.1.1 Building an Effective Team   

3.1.2 Organizational Chart   

3.1.3 The Job Description    

3.1.4 Team Contact List

3.1.5 Team Meetings    

3.1.6 Working with Other Teams in the Organization   

3.2 Managing Tasks: Keeping the Project on Track     

3.2.1 Checklist  

3.2.2 Time Line  

3.2.3 Gantt Chart

3.2.4 PERT Chart 

3.3 Documentation: The Key to Project Success  

3.3.1 Paper versus Electronic Documentation    

3.3.2 The EngineerRs Logbook (Notebook)  

3.3.3 Logbook Format   

3.3.4 Using Your EngineerRs Logbook

3.3.5 Technical Reports

3.3.6 Software Documentation and the Role of the Engineering Logbook   

3.3.7 The Importance of Logbooks: Case Study # 

3.3.8 The Importance of Logbooks: Case Study # 

3.4 Legal Issues: Intellectual Property, Patents, and Trade Secrets  

3.4.1 Patents   

3.4.2 Patent Jargon   

Key Terms   




4.1 Estimation   

4.2 Working With Numbers     

4.2.1 International System of Units (SI) 

4.2.2 Reconciling Units

4.2.3 Significant Figures    

4.2.4 Dimensioning and Tolerance   

4.3 Types of Graphs    

4.3.1 Semilog Plots    

4.3.2 Log-Log Plots    

4.3.3 Polar Plots

4.3.4 Three-Dimensional Graphs     

4.4 Prototyping  

4.5 Reverse Engineering

4.6 Computer Analysis  

4.7 Specification Sheets     

4.8 The Internet 

4.9 Spreadsheets in Engineering Design   

4.10 Solid Modeling and Computer-Aided Drafting

4.10.1 Why an Engineering Drawing? 

4.10.2 Types of Drawings     

4.11 System Simulation 

4.12 Electronic Circuit Simulation 

4.13 Graphical Programming   

4.14 Microprocessors: The eOtherYComputer

Key Terms  




5.1 How People Interact With Machines    

5.2 Ergonomics   

5.2.1 Putting Ergonomics to Work   

5.3 Cognition    

5.4 The HumanhMachine Interface: Case Studies  

Key Terms  




6.1 Societys View of Engineering   

6.2 How Engineers Learn From Mistakes    

6.3 The Role of Failure in Engineering Design: Case Studies   

6.3.1 Case : Tacoma Narrows Bridge  

6.3.2 Case : Hartford Civic Center   

6.3.3 Case : Space Shuttle Challenger  

6.3.4 Case : Kansas City Hyatt   

6.3.5 Case : Three Mile Island   

6.3.6 Case : USS Vincennes   

6.3.7 Case : Hubble Telescope  

6.3.8 Case : De Havilland Comet   

6.3.9 Case : The Collapsing Roof Panels   

6.3.10 Case : Citicorp Center    

6.3.11 Case : Ford Pinto  

6.4 Preparing for Failure in Your Own Design     Key Terms   

Further Readings  




7.1 The Importance of Good Communication Skills

7.2 Preparing for Meetings, Presentations, and Conferences 

7.3 Preparing for A Formal Presentation  

7.4 Writing E-Mails, Letters, and Memoranda    

7.4.1 Writing E-mail Messages

7.4.2 Header for Formal E-mail     

7.4.3 First Sentence   

7.4.4 Body 

7.4.5 Writing Formal Memos and Letters   

7.5 Writing Technical Reports, Proposals, and Journal Articles   

7.5.1 Technical Report 

7.5.2 Journal Paper    

7.5.3 Proposal   

7.6 Preparing an Instruction Manual

7.6.1 Introduction     

7.6.2 Setup

7.6.3 Operation  

7.6.4 Safety     

7.6.5 Troubleshooting  

7.6.6 Appendices 

7.6.7 Repetition 

7.7 Producing Good Technical Documents: A Strategy   

7.7.1 Plan the Writing Task  

7.7.2 Find a Place to Work   

7.7.3 Define the Reader

7.7.4 Make Notes 

7.7.5 Create Topic Headings  

7.7.6 Take a Break     

7.7.7 Write the First Draft  

7.7.8 Read the Draft  

7.7.9 Revise the Draft  

7.7.10 Revise, Revise, and Revise Again   

7.7.11 Review the Final Draft   

7.7.12 Common Writing Errors   

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