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An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780534391324

ISBN10:
053439132X
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
6/6/2003
Publisher(s):
CL Engineering

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Summary

This textbook introduces students to the exciting field of mechanical engineering and helps them appreciate how engineers design the hardware that builds and improves society. Balancing problem-solving skills, design, engineering analysis, real-world applications, and practical technology, author Jonathan Wickert provides students with a solid foundation for future study and contributions in mechanical engineering. By emphasizing six key elements of mechanical engineering in Chapters 3 through 8, Wickert helps students see both the "forest" of mechanical engineering and some important "trees" along the way. Overall, the lively presentation attracts students to engineering, excites them with a view of what to expect in later courses, and provides them with a useful design, problem-solving, and analysis skills.

Table of Contents

1. THE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROFESSION
Overview
What is Engineering?
Who are Mechanical Engineers?
Career Paths
Typical Program of Study
Summary
2. PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS
Overview
Unit Systems and Conversions
Dimensional Consistency
Significant Digits
An Error of Units on the Way to Mars
Approximation in Engineering
Problem-Solving Methodology
Summary
3. MACHINE COMPONENTS AND TOOLS
Overview
Rolling Element Bearings
Flexible Shaft Couplings
Gear Types and Terminology
Belt and Chain Drives
Machine Tools
Summary
4. FORCES IN STRUCTURES AND FLUIDS
Overview
Forces and Resultants
Moment of a Force
Equilibrium of Forces and Moments
Buoyancy, Drag, and Lift Forces in Fluids
Summary
5. MATERIALS AND STRESSES
Overview
Tension and Compression
Response of Engineering Materials
Shear
Factor of Safety
Summary
6. THERMAL AND ENERGY SYSTEMS
Overview
Mechanical Energy, Work, and Power
Heat as Energy in Transit
Energy Conservation and Conversion
Heat Engines and Efficiency
Case Study #1: Internal Combustion Engines
Case Study #2: Electrical Power Generation
Case Study #3: Jet Engines
Summary
7. MOTION OF MACHINERY
Overview
Rotational Motion
Speed, Torque, and Power in Gearsets
Simple and Compound Geartrains
Planetary Geartrains
Engine and Compressor Mechanisms
Summary
8. MECHANICAL DESIGN
Overview
High-Level Design Procedure
Case Study in Conceptual Design: Mousetrap-Powered Vehicles
Case Study in Computer-Aided Design: Non-Invasive Medical Imaging
Case Study in Mechanical Design: The Hydra-Matic Transmission
Patents in Engineering
Summary
Appendices
Greek Alphabet
Review of Mathematical Equations
Planetary Geartrain Design Equation


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