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Mechanics of Machinery

By Mahmoud A. Mostafa

© 2012 – CRC Press

464 pages | 424 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Mechanics of Machinery describes the analysis of machines, covering both the graphical and analytical methods for examining the kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms with low and high pairs. This text, developed and updated from a version published in 1973, includes analytical analysis for all topics discussed, allowing for the use of math software for fast, precise analysis. The chapters include the following:

• Introduction of various mechanisms—such as four-revolute-pairs chain, double-slider, and compound mechanisms—and their motions and functions, with analytical analysis of each one

• Velocities and accelerations in mechanisms, using graphical and analytical analysis

• Analysis of sliding links using a theory developed by the author, which replaces the Coriolis component and is generally easier to apply

• Discussion of cams, with an emphasis on factors affecting cam design, such as the pressure angle and the radius of curvature

• The geometry and kinematics of a wide range of gears

• Force analysis in mechanisms—namely, static force, friction force, and dynamic force analysis

• Balancing machines, specifically rotating parts and reciprocating parts, as well as in-place balancing using vibration measurements

A reference for both students and professionals in mechanical engineering, this informative text offers a deeper understanding of kinematics and related applications. It also supplies the fundamentals to enable readers to apply procedures to problems they may encounter in the future.

Table of Contents



Degrees of Freedom of Planar Mechanisms

Four-Revolute-Pairs Chains

Single-Slider Chain

Double-Slider Mechanisms

Mechanisms with Higher Pairs

Compound Mechanisms

Special Mechanisms

Analytical Position Analysis of Mechanisms

Velocities and Accelerations

Absolute Plane Motion of a Particle

Relative Motion

Applications to Common Links

Analysis of Mechanisms: Graphical Method

Method of Instantaneous Centers for Determining the Velocities

Analytical Analysis



Types of Cams

Modes of Input/Output Motion

Follower Configurations

Classes of Cams

Spur Gears


Gear Classification

Gear-Tooth Action

Terminology for Spur Gears

Engagement Action

Internal Gears

The Cycloidal System

Helical, Worm, and Bevel Gears


Parallel Helical Gears

Crossed Helical Gears

Worm Gearing

Bevel Gears

Gear Trains


Ordinary Gear Trains

Epicyclic or Planetary Gear Trains

Gear Train Design

Braking Torque

Force Analysis


Static Force Analysis

Friction Force Analysis

Dynamic Force Analysis

Analytical Force Analysis

Torque Diagram and Flywheels

Force Analysis in Cams




Balancing of Rotating Parts

Balancing of Reciprocating Parts

In-Place Balancing



About the Author

Dr. Mahmoud Mostafa is currently a professor in the mechanical engineering department, Faculty of Engineering, University of Alexandria, Egypt. He received his Ph.D. from Oregon State University, USA. Dr. Mostafa was the head of the mechatronics department at Alexandria High Institute of Engineering and Technology and is still supervising the department. His area of research is in the fields of mechanical vibrations, kinematics of machinery, and synthesis of mechanisms. He was the consultant for several corporations in Egypt and has several inventions, which incorporate certain mechanisms.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Mechanics / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Design / General