Mechanical Engineers Handbook Volume 1 – 4th Edition

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4 edition
(March 2, 2015)

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Myer Kutz


Mechanical Engineers’ Handbook, Fourth Edition provides a quick guide to specialized areas you may encounter in your work, giving you access to the basics of each and pointing you toward trusted resources for further reading, if needed. The accessible information inside offers discussions, examples, and analyses of the topics covered.

The first volume of the fourth edition of the Mechanical Engineers’ Handbook is comprised of two major parts. The frst part, Materials, has 15 chapters. All of them appeared in the third edition; 10 have been updated for this new edition. They cover metals, plastics, composites, ceramics, smart materials, and electronic materials and packaging. The metals covered are carbon, alloy, and stainless steels; aluminum and aluminum alloys; copper and copper alloys; titanium alloys; nickel and its alloys; magnesium and its alloys; and superalloys. The intent in all of the materials chapters is to provide readers with expert advice on how particular materials are typically used and what criteria make them suitable for specifc purposes. This part of Volume I concludes with a chapter on sources of materials data, the intent being to provide readers with guidance on fnding reliable information on materials properties, in addition to those that can be found in this volume, and a chapter on analytical methods of materials selection, which is intended to give readers techniques for specifying which materials might be suitable for particular applications.

The second part of Volume 1, Engineering Mechanics, has 12 chapters, half of them new to the handbook. They cover a broad range of topics, including the fundamentals of stress analysis (this chapter, in the handbook since the frst edition in 1986, has been updated for the frst time), force measurement (new), strain measurement (new), the fnite-element method, viscosity measurement (new), tribology measurements (new), vibration and shock (updated from the third edition), acoustics (new), and acoustics measurements (new). There is a three-chapter section on methodologies that engineers use to predict failures with three major classes of materials—metals, plastics, and ceramics (all three chapters have been updated).

I have removed the chapter on lubrication of machine elements, which had been unchanged since the frst edition in 1986. I was unable through the years and handbook editions to get anyone to update the chapter. The material is too old by now and many of the references can no longer be accessed (some of the organizations that developed referenced materials have simply disappeared). The chapters on viscosity and tribology measurements serve as replacements. The chapters on acoustics and acoustics measurements replace the chapter, Noise Measurements and Control, which had been unchanged since the frst edition.

Chapters from the mechanical design section, formerly in this volume, have been moved to Volumes 2 and 3, with the exception of the chapter on electronic materials and packaging. Prefaces to those volumes provide further details on the move. Contributors of the chapters in Volume 1 include professors, engineers working in industry, and consultants, mainly from North America, but also from Egypt, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, and India. I would like to thank all of them for the considerable time and effort they put into preparing their chapters.

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