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Mechanical Fastening, Joining, and Assembly

2nd Edition

By James A. Speck

CRC Press

384 pages | 201 B/W Illus.

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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


About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Design / General