Gain insight into today's ever-emerging field of mechanical engineering as you develop an appreciation for how engineers design the hardware that builds and improves societies around the world. AN INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, 4E is an ideal resource during your first or second year of your mechanical engineering program. It's also a useful tool if you are pursuing a closely related field. The book balances timely treatments of technical problem-solving skills, design, engineering analysis, and modern technology to provide the solid mechanical engineering foundation you need for future success.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IMPROVEMENTS TO DESIGN APPLICATIONS CLEARLY HIGHLIGHT THE PRACTICALITY OF WHAT STUDENTS ARE LEARNING. Updated design applications are developed in each chapter through effective homework problems and example problems. This emphasis on applications demonstrates how students' knowledge of engineering science transforms into engineered systems that use strong design principles.
GREATER EMPHASIS ON REAL-WORLD APPLICATIONS DEMONSTRATES THE IMPACT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERINGS ON THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY. Students examine new global, technological, environmental, and social applications of mechanical engineering, including commercial space flight, 3-D printing, design patents, emerging career choices, and globalization of design teams. New and updated "Focus On" features highlight emerging trends and technologies and expose students to recent global technologies, products, and events as well as how mechanical engineers impact these developments.
ONLINE CASE STUDIES OFFER OPTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPAND ON TEXT MATERIAL. Many of this edition's engaging Case Studies have been moved to the companion course website to provide a more concise and focused presentation of material in the textbook.
INCREASED COVERAGE OF CRITICAL TOPICS BETTER PREPARES STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS. New sections focus on many key engineering topics, including design patents, global design teams, and the emerging and enduring fields of mechanical engineering.
NEW GROUP ACTIVITIES ENGAGE STUDENTS IN REALISTIC JOINT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES. The Group Activities in each chapter offer additional instructional options to engage students in work that simulates joint projects on the job.
Table of Contents
1. THE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROFESSION.
2. MECHANICAL DESIGN.
3. TECHNICAL PROBLEM-SOLVING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS.
4. FORCES IN STRUCTURES AND MACHINES.
5. MATERIALS AND STRESSES.
6. FLUIDS ENGINEERING
7. THERMAL AND ENERGY SYSTEMS.
8. MOTION AND POWER TRANSMISSION.
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.
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.