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Mechanical Engineering Principles

3rd Edition

By John Bird, Carl Ross


340 pages | 383 B/W Illus.

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A student-friendly introduction to core engineering topics

This book introduces mechanical principles and technology through examples and applications, enabling students to develop a sound understanding of both engineering principles and their use in practice. These theoretical concepts are supported by 400 fully worked problems, 700 further problems with answers, and 300 multiple-choice questions, all of which add up to give the reader a firm grounding on each topic.

The new edition is up to date with the latest BTEC National specifications and can also be used on undergraduate courses in mechanical, civil, structural, aeronautical and marine engineering, together with naval architecture. A further chapter has been added on revisionary mathematics, since progress in engineering studies is not possible without some basic mathematics knowledge. Further worked problems have also been added throughout the text.

  • New chapter on revisionary mathematics
  • Student-friendly approach with numerous worked problems, multiple-choice and short-answer questions, exercises, revision tests and nearly 400 diagrams
  • Supported with free online material for students and lecturers

Readers will also be able to access the free companion website where they will find videos of practical demonstrations by Carl Ross. Full worked solutions of all 700 of the further problems will be available for both lecturers and students for the first time.

Table of Contents

Preface Part 1: Revision of Mathematics 1. Revisionary mathematics Revision Test 1 Revisionary mathematics 2. Further revisionary mathematics 2 Revision Test 2 Further revisionary mathematics Part 2: Statics and Strengh of Materials 3. The effects of forces on materials 4. Tensile testing 5. Forces acting at a point6. Simply supported beams Revision Test 3 Forces, tensile testing and beams 7. Forces in structures 8. Bending moment and shear force diagrams 9. First and second moments of area Revision Test 4 Forces in structures, bending moment and shear force diagrams, and second moments of area 10. Bending of beams 11. Torque 12. Twisting of shaftsRevision Test 5 Bending of beams, torque and twisting of shafts Part 3: Dynamics 13. Linear and angular motion 14. Linear momentum and impulse15. Force, mass and acceleration 16. Work, energy and power 17. Friction 18. Motion in a circle 19. Simple harmonic motion 20. Simple machines Revision Test 7 Friction, motion in a circle, simple harmonic motion and simple machines Part 4: Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics 21. Heat energy and transfer22. Thermal expansion Revision Test 8 Heat energy and transfer, and thermal expansion 23. Hydrostatics 24. Fluid flow 25. Ideal gas laws 26. The measurement of temperature Revision Test 9 Hydrostatics, fluid flow, gas laws and temperature measurement. A list of formulae for mechanical engineering principles. Metric to Imperial conversions and vice versa. Greek alphabet. Glossary of terms. Answers to multiple-choice questions. Index

About the Authors

John Bird is the former Head of Applied Electronics in the Faculty of Technology at Highbury College, Portsmouth, UK. More recently, he has combined freelance lecturing at the University of Portsmouth, with Examiner responsibilities for Advanced Mathematics with City & Guilds, and examining for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. He is the author of some 125 textbooks on engineering and mathematical subjects with worldwide sales approaching 1 million copies. He is currently a Senior Training Provider at the Royal Naval School of Marine Engineering in the Defence College of Marine and Air Engineering at H.M.S. Sultan, Gosport, Hampshire, UK.

Carl Ross gained his first degree in Naval Architecture, from King's College, Durham University, UK; his PhD in Structural Engineering from the Victoria University of Manchester; and was awarded his DSc in Ocean Engineering from the CNAA, London, UK. His research in the field of engineering led to advances in the design of submarine pressure hulls. His publications to date exceed some 290 papers and books and he is Professor of Structural Dynamics at the University of Portsmouth, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Technical & Manufacturing Industries & Trades