2nd Edition

Mechanical Fastening, Joining, and Assembly

By James A. Speck Copyright 2015
    384 Pages 201 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    384 Pages 201 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press


    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.

    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



    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.