Introduction to Mechanism Design: with Computer Applications provides an updated approach to undergraduate Mechanism Design and Kinematics courses/modules for engineering students. The use of web-based simulations, solid modeling, and software such as MATLAB and Excel is employed to link the design process with the latest software tools for the design and analysis of mechanisms and machines. While a mechanical engineer might brainstorm with a pencil and sketch pad, the final result is developed and communicated through CAD and computational visualizations. This modern approach to mechanical design processes has not been fully integrated in most books, as it is in this new text.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Kinematics. Graphical Linkage Synthesis Using SOLIDWORKS. Introduction to MATLAB. Position Analysis of Linkages.Velocity Analysis of Linkages. Acceleration Analysis of Linkages. Force Analysis on Linkages. Gears and Gear Trains. Planetary Gear Trains. Cams and Followers. Appendix: Inertial Properties of some Common Shapes.
Eric W. Constans is Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Rownan University, and served as Chair of the Mechanical Engineering program there for six years. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Washington, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his arrival at Rowan University, he worked as a researcher in the Acoustics Center of Continental A.G., in Hannover, Germany. His research interests include engineering education, in which he has published 39 papers, and the areas of acoustics and vibration.
Karl B. Dyer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Machine Learning. He is currently employed by Rowan University’s Mechanical Engineering department as a Technologist and Adjunct Professor. He has taught Sophomore Engineering Clinic, Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, and Introduction to Mechanical Design. As Technologist, he is responsible for teaching students how to use industrial manufacturing and rapid prototyping equipment, assisting with project development within the engineering curriculum, and consulting on faculty research.