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1st Edition

An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering: Part 1

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ISBN 9780340939956
Published April 24, 2009 by CRC Press
512 Pages

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Book Description

An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering is an essential text for all first-year undergraduate students as well as those studying for foundation degrees and HNDs. The text gives a thorough grounding in the following core engineering topics: thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, dynamics, electricals and electronics, and materials science. As well as mechanical engineers, the text will be highly relevant to civil, automotive, aeronautical/aerospace and general engineering students.

The text is written by an experienced team of first-year lecturers at the internationally renowned University of Nottingham.

The material in this book has full student and lecturer support on an accompanying website at, which includes:

  • worked examples of exam-style questions
  • multiple-choice self-assessment
  • revision guides.

Table of Contents

Solid Mechanics
Richard Brooks
Basic design analysis
Stress, strain and elasticity
Beam bending
Multi-axial stress and strain
Materials and Processing
Andrew Kennedy and Philip Shipway
The structure and properties of materials
Properties of materials
Selection of materials in engineering design
Materials processing
Failure of materials
Fluid Dynamics
Stephen Pickering
Introductory concepts
Fluids at rest – hydrostatics
Fluids in motion
Fluids in motion – linear momentum
Paul Shayler
The first law of thermodynamics, conservation of energy, work and heat transfer
The second law of thermodynamics, heat engines, the Clausius inequality, entropy and irreversibility
The properties of perfect gas, water and steam
Types of process and their analysis for work and heat transfer
Modes of heat transfer and steady-state heat transfer rates
Cycles, power plant and engines
Electrical and Electronic Systems
Alan Howe
Direct current circuits
Electromagnetic systems
Alternating current circuits
Three-phase circuits
Semiconductor rectifiers
Digital electronics
AC induction motors
Machine Dynamics
Stewart McWilliam
Basic mechanics
Kinematics of a particle in a plane
Kinematics of rigid bodies in a plane
Kinematics of linkage mechanisms in a plane
Mass properties of rigid bodies
Kinematics of a rigid body in a plane
Balancing of rotating masses
Geared systems
Work and energy
Impulse, impact and momentum

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Dr Michael Clifford has lectured at the University of Nottingham since 1998. He has taught a wide range of subjects including professional Studies, Computational and Numerical Techniques, Further Mathematical Techniques in Design and and Production and Fibre Reinforced Composites and Design. He has over seventy academic publications, including teaching case studies on the use of appropriate technology in further education. He also coordinates the Royal Academy of Engineering's Headstart programme at the University.