Mechanical Engineer’s Reference Book by Edward H. Smith

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Download Mechanical Engineer’s Reference Book – Experts from academia and industry have contributed sections on their areas of expertise to provide one of the most comprehensive sources of information for engineers.

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Among the many subjects covered are tribology, nuclear and offshore engineering, health and safety and the many applications of computers in engineering.

The wide range of subjects covered, the concise but readable style, the large number of illustrations and the extensive reference lists make this book one of the most valuable volumes available on mechanical engineering.

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Table of Contents


List of Contributors

1 Mechanical Engineering Principles

Status of Rigid Bodies

Strength of Materials

Dynamics of Rigid Bodies


Mechanics of Fluids

Principles of Thermodynamics

Heat Transfer


2 Electrical and Electronics Principles

Basic Electrical Technology

Electrical Machines

Analogue and Digital Electronics Theory

Electrical Safety


Further Reading

3 Microprocessors, Instrumentation and Control

Summary of Number Systems


Communication Standards

Interfacing of Computers to Systems


Classical Control Theory and Practice

Microprocessor-Based Control

Programmable Logic Controllers

The z-Transform

State Variable Techniques


Further Reading

4 Computers and their Application


Types of Computer

Generations of Digital Computers

Digital Computer Systems

Categories of Computer Systems

Central Processor Unit



Output Devices


Direct Input

Disk Storage

Digital and Analogue Input/Output

Data Communications

Computer Networks

Data Terminal Equipment


Database Management

Language Translators


5 Computer-Integrated Engineering Systems

CAD/CAM: Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing

Industrial Robotics and Automation

Computer Graphics Systems


Further reading

6 Design standards

Standardization in Design

Drawing and Graphic Communications

Fits, Tolerances and Limits


Ergonomic and Anthropometric Data

Total Quality – A Company Culture


7 Materials, Properties and Selection

Engineering Properties of Materials

The Principles Underlying Materials Selection

Ferrous Metals

Non-Ferrous Metals




Engineering Ceramics and Glasses


Non-Destructive Testing


Further Reading

8 Mechanics of Solids

Stress and Strain

Experimental Techniques

Fracture Mechanics

Creep of Materials



Further Reading

9 Tribology

Basic Principles

Lubricants (Oils and Greases)

Bearing Selection

Principles and Design of Hydrodynamic Bearings

Lubrication of Industrial Gears

Rolling Element Bearings

Materials for Unlubricated Sliding

Wear and Surface Treatment


Surface Topography


Further Reading

10 Power Units and Transmission

Power Units

Power Transmission

Further Reading

11 Fuels and Combustion


General Fuel Types

Major Property Overview

Major Fuel Groupings




12 Alternative Energy Sources


Solar Radiation

Passive Solar Design in the UK

Thermal Power and Other Thermal Applications

Photovoltaic Energy Conversion

Solar Chemistry


Wind Power

Geothermal Energy

Tidal Power

Wave Power

Biomass and Energy from Wastes

Energy Crops


13 Nuclear Engineering


Nuclear Radiation and Energy

Mechanical Engineering Aspects of Nuclear Power Stations and Associated Plant

Other Applications of Nuclear Radiation

Elements of Health Physics and Shielding

Further Reading

14 Offshore Engineering

Historical Review

Types of Fixed and Floating Structures

Future Development

Hydrodynamic Loading

Structural Strength and Fatigue

Dynamics of Floating Systems

Design Considerations and Certification


15 Plant Engineering

Compressors, Fans and Pumps

Seals and Sealing

Boilers and Waste-Heat Recovery

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning


Energy Management

Condition Monitoring

Vibration Isolation and Limits

Acoustic Noise


16 Manufacturing Methods

Large-Chip Metal Removal

Metal Forming

Welding, Soldering and Brazing


Casting and Foundry Practice


Further Reading

17 Engineering Mathematics

Trigonometric Functions and General Formulae


Series and Transforms

Matrices and Determinants

Differential Equations


Further Reading

18 Health and Safety

Health and Safety in the European Community

Health and Safety at Work – Law and Administration in the USA

UK Legislation and Guidance

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

The Health and Safety Executive

Local Authorities

Enforcement Notices

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1988


Control of Lead at Work

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

The Noise at Work Regulations 1989

Safety of Machines

Personal Protective Equipment

Manual Handling

Further Reading

19 Units, Symbols and Constants

SI Units

Conversion to Existing Imperial Terms


Physical and Chemical Constants

Further Reading


Preface: Mechanical Engineer’s Reference Book

I was delighted when Butterworth-Heinemann asked me to edit a new edition of Mechanical Engineer’s Reference Book. Upon looking at its predecessor, it was clear that it had served the community well, but a major update was required. The book clearly needed to take account of modern methods and systems. The philosophy behind the book is that it will provide a qualified engineer with sufficient information so that he or she can identify the basic principles of a subject and be directed to further reading if required. There is a blurred line between this set of information and a more detailed set from which design decisions are made. One of my most important tasks has been to define this distinction, so that the aims of the book are met and its weight is minimized! I hope I have been able to do this, so that the information is neither cursory nor complex. Any book of this size will inevitably contain errors, but I hope these will be minimal. I will he pleased to receive any information from readers SO that the book can be improved. To see this book in print is a considerable personal achievement, but I could not have done this without the help of others. First, I would like to thank all the authors for their tremendous hard work. It is a major task to prepare information for a hook of this type, and they have all done a magnificent job. At Butterworth-Heinemam, Duncan Enright and Deena Burgess have been a great help, and Dal Koshal of the University of Brighton provided considerable support. At the University of Central Lancashire, Gill Cooke and Sue Wright ensured that the administration ran smoothly. I hope you find the book useful.


No. of pages: 1190Language: EnglishCopyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1994Published: 1st January 1994Imprint: Butterworth-HeinemanneBook ISBN: 9781483102573

Editorial Reviews

Review – Mechanical Engineer’s Reference Book

‘An excellent resource for academic libraries.’

‘In 1946 the Newnes Engineers Reference Book set a new standard for a high quality reference publication for engineers. This twelfth edition continues the tradition and has been completely rewritten to incorporate all subjects of importance to mechanical engineers.’
The Engineer’s Journal

‘The presentation of the book is good – the text is clear and easy to read and the illustrations and the diagrams are very good indeed. The span of subjects is comprehensive and I can honestly say that I would like to have this one on the shelf at home.’
Mechanical Incorporated Engineer

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