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Naval Education And Training Program
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June 1, 1971 0486217094 978-0486217093 Revised (1994)
Thoroughly covering basic theory, ranging from the lever and inclined plane up through internal combustion engines and power trains, this revised edition of an extremely clear Navy training manual leaves nothing to be desired in its presentation. Nothing more than the most elementary mathematics is required to follow it.
Beginning with the simplest of machines — the lever — the text proceeds with discussions of the block and tackle (pulleys and hoists), wheel and axle, the inclined plane and the wedge, the screw, and different types of gears (simple, spur, bevel, herringbone, spiral, worm, etc.). A chapter on the concept of work discusses the measurement of work, friction, and efficiency; this is followed by investigations of power, force and pressure, explaining the uses of scales, balances, gauges, and barometers. The fundamentals of hydrostatic and hydraulic machines (such as the hydraulic braking system and the hydraulic press) are discussed in detail. The remaining chapters cover machine elements (bearings and springs), basic mechanisms (gear differential, couplings, cams, clutches), the internal combustion engine and power trains (including explanations of various transmission systems — synchromesh, auxiliary, etc.)
Every concept is clearly defined and the discussions always build easily from elementary theory to particular applications familiar to anyone with the slightest interest in mechanics. Important concepts, machine components, and techniques are clearly illustrated in more than 200 diagrams, drawings, and cross-sections that reveal inner workings — all of these help to clarify even further an already clear and well-organized presentation. Although it was originally designed for use in U.S. Naval Training Schools, this book can be used to great advantage as a basic text in mechanical engineering in standard technical schools, and will be immensely valuable even to the layman who desires a basic knowledge of mechanics.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised (1994) edition (June 1, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486217094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486217093
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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100 of 106 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I borrowed this book from a friend and held on to it for almost six months, and in that time I poured over it. It's EXTREMELY useful if you're doing model building or playing with simulators and stuff. I use it with LEGOs and LEGO Mindstorm robotics kits. It taught me ALL SORTS of secrets about motion and principles behind gears and gear-driven mechanisms. Just a great book, I highly reccommend it if you're looking for a great reference for basic mechanical devices. I had to buy my own copy to have.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Straightforward July 22, 2007
Format:Paperback
I don't know how the military does it, but somehow they are able to train people quickly and effectively whereas academia gives long-winded answers that get most students lost in derivations.

Buy this book if you, like me, want to understand simple machines (levers to engines). It's straight to the point, the way I like it.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Useful January 12, 2008
Format:Paperback
As a Mechanical Engineering student I found the book to be extremely useful. I was already familiar with most of the theories from Dynamics and Statics, but it was cool to see how non textbooks refer to certain things (IE rather than saying the pivot point they call it the fulcrum). While we generally go over gear theories and calculations in Dynamics, we certainly don't get into their classifications so that was another useful piece of knowledge that I picked up. The last two chapters were extremely knowledgeable, since neither was in any of my textbooks. The last two chapters covered power trains and the internal combustion engine and were surprisingly in depth. I would highly recommend this book for any Engineering student seeking to get an out of the textbook perspective on your Mechanics classes, or to pick up some information on the inner workings of the engine.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book you may already have paid for November 11, 2011
By CB
Format:Paperback
In a sense, you probably already paid for this book. Since it was produced in 1964 by the U.S. Government, it was paid for with tax money and it generally cannot be copyrighted. ("Ever since 1895, statutory provisions have prohibited the assertion of copyright in any publication of the U.S. Government. The provisions have been only slightly modified since their enactment.")

There is a free pdf version of this book online. You can search for the book by name, or go to this link (spelled out since the 'Zon does not permit certain links - and probably for good reason): bee eye tea dot el why forward-slash lowercase-ess uppercase-dee uppercase-A the-numeral-one lowercase-double-u uppercase zee.

However you get a copy of the book, it is worth having.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Title is accurate -- Machines and how they work January 18, 2010
Format:Paperback
Good, clear illustrations. Internal combustion engine explanation is especially good. Exploded views, cutaway diagrams, and metaphorical examples help to explain the concepts. Progression from simple-to-complex is well-paced, too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How basic machines work February 23, 2007
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Old but good. Explains things well and although the illustrations are a bit dated (so are Da Vinci's!), it is a very good and interesting book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly simple book November 3, 2007
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Are you looking for a book that will help get more mechanically minded? This is it. This book is written for Navy personnel, yet it is relevant to anyone who needs to know more about simple machines. Check out the table of contents.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but Outdated September 18, 2006
Format:Paperback
Good basic info about the internal combustion engine but could use a revision. There is alot of talk about the side valve, Briggs and Stratton type engines but very little discussion about overhead valves and NO information about overhead cam engines. Other than the need for a revision this is a pretty decent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joy
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Published 5 days ago by Walter Speelman
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any gearhead
This book covers all of the basic machines anyone will ever need. A great way to understand the concepts behind vehicle of all kinds as well as many machines.
Published 3 months ago by StudentReview
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic machines ......
For people who need step by step explanations and accompanied with
sketches and anecdotes, this is the booklet to look for.

It is dated, yes it is. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Theo Matter
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Illustrated and Informative
Bought this for my grandson to accompany the Wisedeal Wind-powered Animaris Ordis Parvus Strandbeest Model Robot. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gepetto
5.0 out of 5 stars Good First steps for reluctant Learners
This is a very fundamental text and as such it is a excellent basis for further study in the subjects of mechanics and physics. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Silence Dogood
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun little book, worth the money if you are into this type of reading.
This isn't a bad book. It is exactly what it says, basic. The book seems to spend a lot of space on automotive engines, drive trains, etc. However, overall it was a fun read. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars FILLS A REAL NEED
This book is technical enough to hold a serious reader's interest, understandable enough to draw one's interest deeper into this fascinating subject!
Published 10 months ago by MacDonald Counseling Services, PLLC
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
This book is just as described. It goes into detail about how different machines are made and how they work. Just what we wanted.
Published 10 months ago by Alicia
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Its a good book for understanding the concepts of mechanical engineering in a simplistic manner.
Also the pictures and diagram are clearly represented.
Published 10 months ago by umang
5.0 out of 5 stars good
great learning tools to have at work. when you are developing new proto types these kind of books really help the process of putting the machines into a working concept in your... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Al
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