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2nd Edition

Mechanical Fastening, Joining, and Assembly

ISBN 9780824753788
Published February 24, 2015 by CRC Press
384 Pages 201 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description


Gain a Deeper Understanding of Mechanical Fastening: Assemble More Efficient and Competitive Products

A good design, quality parts, and properly executed assembly procedures and processes result in well-fastened assemblies. Utilizing a combined knowledge of mechanical assembly engineering and fastening technology, Mechanical Fastening, Joining, and Assembly, Second Edition provides readers with a solid understanding of mechanical fastening, joining, and assembly information. Based on the author’s experience in the field, this updated mechanical arts guide and reference chronicles the technical progress since the first edition was published more than a decade ago.

Provides Case Studies Showing Real-World Applications for Commonly Used Assemblies

The second edition addresses recent trends in the industry, and looks at new fastening technologies used in aerospace, automotive, and other key areas. It explains the fastening function in depth, and describes the types of fastening approaches that can be used effectively. The revised text expands on the presentation and review of fastened components, detailing the assembly, design, manufacturing, and installation of fastener products and procedures. It covers specific joining applications, including vibration, standard, and special materials; details environmental factors; and provides useful reference charts for future use.

What’s New in the Second Edition:

  • Provides an up-to-date selection of technologies
  • Contains practical approaches to modern fastener technology
  • Reviews engineering fundamentals with a focus on their application in the fastener industry
  • Includes a section on fastener statics
  • Expands on fastener manufacturing processes, most specifically cold heading and roll threading
  • Adds fastener dynamics to draw attention to forces in motion (wind turbine hub turning in strong winds) and fastener strength of materials
  • Extends review of the economics of fastening and provides some tools for engineering economics
  • Examines the difference in static and dynamic strengths
  • Considers fastener materials in this new century, provides some observations about the fastener laboratory, and discusses electrical theory
  • Addresses sustainability, application product management, thermodynamics, energy systems, and new thought maps for application analysis
  • Takes a look at a favorite application, D&D 100, and more

Mechanical Fastening, Joining, and Assembly, Second Edition is accessible to novices and experienced technologists and engineers, and covers the latest in fastener technology and assembly training.

Table of Contents

Fastener Functions and Assembly Testing
The Fastener Design Role
Analysis of a Simple Metal Assembly
Fastening a More Complex Assembly
Fastening Real-World Applications
Fastener Statics
Fastener Types and Their Production
Tension Fasteners
Compression Fasteners
Shear Fasteners
Fastener Manufacturing Methods
Fastener Dynamics
Fastening and Joining Mechanics
Metal Joints
Nonmetal Joints
An Applications View of Fastener Functions
Fastener Strength of Materials
Economic Factors in Fastener/Assembly Decisions
Build Quantities
Assembly Robustness
Legal Considerations and Constraints
Economic Factors in Fastener/Assembly Decisions
Engineering Economics
Assemblies under Dynamic Loading
Mass Effects
Some Additional Dynamic Tests
Difference between Static and Dynamic Strength
Fastener Chemistry
Assembly Sites and Systems
Reusability Factors
Assembly Training
Degree of Automation
Automatic Assembly Machines
Smart Machines and Robots
A Renewed Look at Modern Assembly
Fastener Numerical Methods
Fastener Materials
Stainless Steels
Nonferrous Materials
Other Fastener Materials
Fastener Materials in Today's Environment
The Fastener Laboratory
Electrical Theory and Fastening, Joining, and Assembly
Environmental Factors and Corrosion
Corrosion of Fasteners and Assemblies
Corrosion Protection
Corrosion Testing
Some Thoughts on Sustainability
Application Engineering Project Management
Assembly Analysis
Circular Areas
Work from the Workshop
D & D 100
A: Fastening, Joining, and Assembly Glossary
B: Ingenious Fasteners and Assemblies
Some Frequent Fastener Questions and Answers
E: Some Additional Problem Solution Ideas and Summary Thoughts


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James A. Speck, PE, worked as a regional manager of The Johnson Gage Company, Bloomfield, Connecticut, following a career in the fastener industry. He has trained and served as a technical expert in the Department of Commerce’s National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation program for fasteners and metals; presented numerous workshops and seminars on fastener fundamentals, fastener applications engineering, and screw thread technology; and authored numerous publications. He received his BS (1971) in business administration from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and an MS (1974) in management from the Hartford Graduate Center, Hartford, Connecticut, and he is a licensed professional engineer in Connecticut.