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1st Edition

Reverse Engineering
Technology of Reinvention

ISBN 9781439806302
Published September 16, 2010 by CRC Press
360 Pages 200 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The process of reverse engineering has proven infinitely useful for analyzing Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) components to duplicate or repair them, or simply improve on their design. A guidebook to the rapid-fire changes in this area, Reverse Engineering: Technology of Reinvention introduces the fundamental principles, advanced methodologies, and other essential aspects of reverse engineering.

The book’s primary objective is twofold: to advance the technology of reinvention through reverse engineering and to improve the competitiveness of commercial parts in the aftermarket. Assembling and synergizing material from several different fields, this book prepares readers with the skills, knowledge, and abilities required to successfully apply reverse engineering in diverse fields ranging from aerospace, automotive, and medical device industries to academic research, accident investigation, and legal and forensic analyses.

With this mission of preparation in mind, the author offers real-world examples to:

  • Enrich readers’ understanding of reverse engineering processes, empowering them with alternative options regarding part production
  • Explain the latest technologies, practices, specifications, and regulations in reverse engineering
  • Enable readers to judge if a "duplicated or repaired" part will meet the design functionality of the OEM part

This book sets itself apart by covering seven key subjects: geometric measurement, part evaluation, materials identification, manufacturing process verification, data analysis, system compatibility, and intelligent property protection. Helpful in making new, compatible products that are cheaper than others on the market, the author provides the tools to uncover or clarify features of commercial products that were either previously unknown, misunderstood, or not used in the most effective way.

Table of Contents


Historical Background

Reverse Engineering vs. Machine Design

Analysis and Verification

Applications of Reverse Engineering

Geometrical Form

Surface and Solid Model Reconstruction

Dimensional Measurement

Case Studies

Part Tolerance


Steps of Geometric Modeling

Material Characteristics and Analysis

Alloy Structure Equivalency

Phase Formation and Identification

Mechanical Strength


Part Durability and Life Limitation

Part Failure Analysis


Creep and Stress Rupture

Environmentally Induced Failure

Material Identification and Process Verification

Material Specification

Composition Determination

Microstructure Analysis

Manufacturing Process Verification

Data Process and Analysis

Statistical Analysis

Data Analysis

Reliability and the Theory of Interference

Weibull Analysis

Data Conformity and Acceptance

Data Report

Part Performance and System Compatibility

Performance Criteria

Methodology of Performance Evaluation

System Compatibility

Case Studies

Regulatory Certification of Part Performance

Acceptance and Legality

Legality of Reverse Engineering



Trade Secret

Third-Party Materials

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Dr. Wego Wang has been a technical instructor and a researcher in mechanical engineering and materials science for three decades. He is currently an adjunct faculty, teaching machine design in the engineering technology department at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and he previously taught at Northeastern University and Boston University. He works at the Federal Aviation Administration, primarily on parts manufacturer approval and engine certification programs.


The topic of this book represents an important technological field that has heretofore been ignored by academics, despite being well accepted in industry. I am delighted by its publication.
—Professor Enrique Lavernia, Dean, College of Engineering, University of California, Davis