1st Edition

The Engineering Design Primer

By Keith L. Richards Copyright 2020
    324 Pages
    by CRC Press

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    Created to support senior-level courses/modules in product design, K. L. Richard’s Engineering Design Primer reflects the author’s deep experience in engineering product management and design. The combination of specific engineering design processes within the broader context of creative, team-based product design makes this book the ideal resource for project-based coursework. Starting with design concepts and tasks, the text then explores materials selection, optimisation, reliability, statistics, testing and economic factors – all supported with real-life examples. Student readers will gain a practical perspective of the work they’ll be doing as their engineering careers begin.


      • Presents the design, development and life-cycle management of engineered products
      • Builds the skills and knowledge needed for students to succeed in their capstone design projects
      • Brings design concepts alive with practical examples and descriptions
      • Emphasises the team dynamics needed in engineering practice
      • Examines probability, reliability, testing and life-cycle management of engineered products

      Organisation and Structure of the Drawing Office. Engineering Drawing Principles. The Engineering Design Process. Product Design Specifications. Conceptual Design. Design for 'X'. Feasibility Assessment. Decision-Making. Property Management and Planning. Engineering Design Economics. Quality in the Design Process. Design for Optimization. Probability. Statistical Methods for Engineers. An Introduction to Material Selection. Introduction to Configuration Management. Engineering Communications. Index.


      Keith. L. Richards is a retired mechanical engineer having worked in the industry for over 55 years. Having served an indentured apprenticeship with B.S.A. Tools that manufactured a wide range of machine tools including the Acme Gridley a multi-spindle automatic lathe built under licence and single spindle automatic lathes; these were built in Britain and widely exported all around the world.

      On leaving the B.S.A. he served as a freelance engineering designer in a wide range of industries, including aluminium rolling mill design, industrial fork lift trucks and was a lead engineer for the mooring system for the Hutton tension leg platform. In latter years he became more involved stress analysis that led to working in the aerospace industry covering landing gear and environmental control systems for both military and commercial aircraft and trailing wing components for the Airbus A380.