AN INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL ENGINEERING introduces students to the ever-emerging field of mechanical engineering, giving an appreciation for how engineers design the hardware that builds and improves societies all around the world. Intended for students in their first or second year of a typical college or university program in mechanical engineering or a closely related field, the text balances the treatments of technical problem-solving skills, design, engineering analysis, and modern technology.
Table of Contents
1. THE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROFESSION.
What is Engineering? Who are Mechanical Engineers? Career Paths. Typical Program of Study.
2. MECHANICAL DESIGN.
Design Process. Manufacturing Processes. Case Study in Conceptual Design: Mousetrap-Powered Vehicles. Case Study in Urban Power Infrastructures. Case Study in Computer-Aided Design: Noninvasive Medical Imaging.
3. TECHNICAL PROBLEM-SOLVING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS.
General Technical Problem Solving Approach. Unit Systems and Conversions. Significant Digits. Dimensional Consistency. Estimation in Engineering. Communication Skills in Engineering
4. FORCES IN STRUCTURES AND MACHINES.
Forces in Rectangular and Polar Forms. Resultant of Several Forces. Moment of a Force. Equilibrium of Forces and Moments. Design Application: Rolling-Element Bearings.
5. MATERIALS AND STRESSES.
Tension and Compression. Material Response. Shear. Engineering Materials. Factor of Safety.
6. FLUIDS ENGINEERING
Properties of Fluids. Pressure and Buoyancy Force. Laminar and Turbulent Fluid Flows. Fluid Flow in Pipes. Drag Force. Lift Force.
7. THERMAL AND ENERGY SYSTEMS.
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.
8. MOTION AND POWER TRANSMISSION.
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.