Mechanical Engineering Principles [Second Edition] – John Bird, Carl Ross

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Mechanical Engineering Principles 2nd Edition aims to broaden the reader’s knowledge of the basic principles that are fundamental to mechanical engineering design and the operation of mechanical systems.

Modern engineering systems and products still rely upon static and dynamic principles to make them work. Even systems that appear to be entirely electronic have a physical presence governed by the principles of statics.

In this second edition of Mechanical Engineering Principles, a chapter has been added on revisionary mathematics; it is not possible to progress in engineering studies without a reasonable knowledge of mathematics,
a fact that soon becomes obvious to both students and teachers alike.

It is therefore hoped that this chapter on basic mathematics revision will be helpful and make the engineering studies more comprehensible. Minor modifications and some further worked problems have also been added throughout the text.

Free Internet downloads of full solutions to the further problems and a PowerPoint presentation of all the illustrations contained in the text is available. For clarity, the text is divided into four parts, these being:

  • Part 1 Revision of Mathematics
  • Part 2 Statics and strength of materials
  • Part 3  Dynamics
  • Part 4 Heat transfer and fluid mechanics

Mechanical Engineering Principles 2nd Edition is suitable for the following:

(i) National Certificate/Diploma courses in Mechanical Engineering.

(ii) Undergraduate courses in Mechanical, Civil, Structural, Aeronautical & Marine Engineering, together with Naval Architecture.

(iii) Any introductory/access/foundation course involving Mechanical Engineering Principles at University, and Colleges of Further and Higher education.

Although pre-requisites for the modules covered in this book include Foundation Certificate/ diploma, or similar, in Mathematics and Science, each topic considered in the text is presented in a way that assumes that the reader has little previous knowledge of that topic.

Content:

  • Revisionary Mathematics
  • The effects of forces on materials
  • Tensile testing
  • Forces acting at a point
  • Forces in structures
  • Forces, tensile testing and beams
  • Dynamics
  • Linear and angular motion
  • Simple harmonic motion
  • Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics

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