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An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering, SI Edition, 3rd Edition

  • Jonathan Wickert Iowa State University
  • Kemper Lewis University at Buffalo - SUNY
  • ISBN-10: 1111576823  |  ISBN-13: 9781111576820
  • 425 Pages
  • © 2013 | Published
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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.

Features and Benefits

  • Addresses the questions "who are mechanical engineers" and "what do they do"?
  • Explores innovative design experiences, problem-solving skills, basic engineering analysis, and case studies.
  • Emphasizes design projects, and exposes students to computer-aided engineering, principles of engineering science, and mechanical engineering hardware.
  • Includes a number of vignettes and case studies to demonstrate the realism of the material.
  • "Focus on …" boxes in each chapter are used to highlight interesting topics and other emerging concepts in mechanical engineering broadening the textbook's coverage without detracting from its flow.
  • Presents engineering as a visual and graphical activity by placing particular emphasis on the quality and breadth of the nearly three hundred photographs and illustrations, leveraging realism to motivate students through interesting examples that offer a glimpse of what they will be able to study in later courses and, subsequently, practice in their own careers.

Table of Contents

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

What's New

  • 50% more homework problems!
  • New section on written and graphical communications.
  • New introduction to Newton's Laws of Motion.
  • New design applications are developed in each chapter through the homework problems, case studies, and/or example problems allowing students to learn how their engineering science knowledge gets transformed into engineered systems using design principles.
  • Many new and updated "Focus On" features highlighting emerging trends and technologies in mechanical engineering expose students to modern and recent global technologies, products, and events and learn how engineers impact them.
  • Increased emphasis on the development of innovative solutions to technical challenges that address global, social, environmental, and economic issues.
  • Includes many new global, environmental, and social applications including the NAE Grand Challenges; the Deepwater oil spill; clean energy vehicles; sustainable cities; advanced materials; global energy consumption; sports technology; design, policy, and innovation; and renewable energy.
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Efficacy and Outcomes


"All of the illustrations are appropriate, instructive, and helpful. The figures in Wickert's text are "clean", i.e., they are not overly complicated and they help the student see and better understand the fundamental concepts being studied."

— Gloria Starns, Iowa State University

"I like the layout and level of the material--it works for my freshman students. It includes enough manufacturing content that I can make those majors feel included. It has a good range of homework problems."

— Scott Danielson, Arizona State University

"Excellent use of contemporary set-aside items."

— Ken French, John Brown University


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jonathan Wickert

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

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.