An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering 4th Edition

Jonathan Wickert | Kemper Lewis

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Introduce your students to the ever-changing field of mechanical engineering as you instill an appreciation for how engineers design hardware that builds and improves societies around the world. AN INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, 4th Edition is ideal for students in their first or second year of a college or university's mechanical engineering program. It is also useful for students in closely related fields. The authors balance the treatment of technical problem-solving skills, design, engineering analysis, and modern technology to provide the solid mechanical engineering foundation students need for future success.

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Jonathan Wickert, Iowa State University

A Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University, Dr. Jonathan Wickert teaches and conducts research in the areas of applied mechanics, dynamics, and mechanical vibration. As a researcher and consultant, he has worked with companies and federal agencies on a diverse range of engineering problems including computer disk drives and tape libraries, the manufacture of sheet metal, and various consumer products. Dr. Wickert received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has served as associate editor of engineering journals, as a division chair in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and as chair of the undergraduate mechanical engineering program at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Wickert has received awards in recognition of his teaching and research from the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Information Storage Industry Consortium. He was also elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Kemper Lewis, University at Buffalo - SUNY

A Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University at Buffalo -- SUNY, Dr. Kemper Lewis teaches and conducts research in the areas of mechanical design, system optimization, and decision modeling. As a researcher and consultant, he has worked with companies and federal agencies on a wide range of engineering design problems. Dr. Lewis received his B.S. in mechanical engineering and B.A. in mathematics from Duke University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has served as associate editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. He has also served on the ASME Design Automation Executive Committee and on the National Academies Panel on Benchmarking the Research Competitiveness of the United States in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, he has worked as the Executive Director of the New York State Center for Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation. Dr. Lewis has received awards in recognition of his teaching and research from the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the National Science Foundation.

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  • STUDENTS LEARN FROM DIVERSITY OF ASSIGNMENTS. The authors provide an extensive array of homework problems in each chapter, including open-ended design problems and group activities.
  • INFORMATIVE INTRODUCTION DETAILS WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FIELD OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. Engaging coverage explains who mechanical engineers are and what they do, as well as what technical, social, and environmental challenges they solve with the technologies they create.
  • BOOK EXPLORES NUMEROUS PRACTICAL SITUATIONS AND TOPICS. Numerous, engaging vignettes and deeper looks into key technologies demonstrate the realistic application of the book's content. "Focus on" boxes in each chapter highlight interesting topics and emerging concepts in mechanical engineering that broaden the book's coverage without detracting from its flow.
  • AUTHORS EXPLORE AND EMPHASIZE INNOVATIVE DESIGN PROJECTS. These projects give students opportunities to refine their project-solving skills, practice basic engineering analysis, address emerging technologies, and improve their abilities in computer-aided design.
  • VISUAL CONTENT EMPHASIZES REAL WORLD APPLICATIONS. The authors present engineering as a visual and graphical activity. Nearly 300 photographs and illustrations motivate students with interesting examples that offer a glimpse of what they will study in later courses and practice in their careers.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering


Overview. What Is Engineering? Who Are Mechanical Engineers? Career Paths. Typical Program of Study.
Overview. The Design Process. Manufacturing Processes.
Overview. General Technical Problem-Solving Approach. Unit Systems and Conversions. Significant Digits. Dimensional Consistency. Estimation in Engineering. Communication Skills in Engineering
Overview. Forces in Rectangular and Polar Forms. Resultant of Several Forces. Moment of a Force. Equilibrium of Forces and Moments. Design Application: Rolling-Element Bearings.
Overview. Tension and Compression. Material Response. Shear. Engineering Materials. Factor of Safety.
Overview. Properties of Fluids. Pressure and Buoyancy Force. Laminar and Turbulent Fluid Flows. Fluid Flow in Pipes. Drag Force. Lift Force.
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.
Overview. Rotational Motion. Design Application: Gears. Speed, Torque, and Power in Gearsets. Simple and Compound Geartrains. Design Application: Belt and Chain Drives. Planetary Geartrains.
Appendix A: Greek Alphabet.
Appendix B: Trigonometry Review.
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