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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you remember why you became an engineer in the first place
This is a textbook for mechanical engineering design and also a reference book for practicing mechanical engineers. It is assumed that the reader has had courses in statics, dynamics, strength of materials, and material science. In other words, it is assumed you are the equivalent of at least a junior undergraduate in mechanical engineering.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A broad book, but lacking in details
The book covers a broad range of problems in machine design but lacks clear explanations and citations. Often times in sample problems the author's solution skips crucial steps or fails to cite information. The section on fasteners is lacking as well. It also does not mention AN or NAS fasteners. Too many coeficients are taken blindy from charts which are not cited...
Published on May 31, 2006 by Rob, Mechanical Engineer, CWI


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you remember why you became an engineer in the first place, July 7, 2006
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This review is from: Fundamentals of Machine Component Design (Hardcover)
This is a textbook for mechanical engineering design and also a reference book for practicing mechanical engineers. It is assumed that the reader has had courses in statics, dynamics, strength of materials, and material science. In other words, it is assumed you are the equivalent of at least a junior undergraduate in mechanical engineering.

The first section of the book functions as a fast-paced review of the aforementioned prerequisites. Don't expect elementary straight numerical problems even in the introductory section. The author gets down to business immediately with example problems that involve actual mechanical devices. The example problem solutions are excellent with separate solution sections labeled "Known","Find", "Schematic and given data", "Assumptions", "Analysis", and "Comment". Each chapter has solutions to a few of the many exercises. Of particular interest in section one is chapter 8,"Fatigue", and chapter 9, "Surface Damage". Chapter 8 is important because it contains a simplified, condensed, and introductory version of fatigue design and fatigue crack growth, and is probably going to be new material for many readers. Chapter 9 deals with the various kinds of surface deterioration in machine components. This is important because more machine parts fail because of surface damage than from actual breakage.

Part two of the book is concerned with the application of the fundamentals of mechanical engineering to specific machine components. In practice, problems involving the design, analysis, or application of machine members can seldom be solved by applying the fundamentals alone. Also, there is seldom just one right answer. This second section of the book gives the engineer exposure with these types of problems. Each chapter in this section deals with design issues in particular types of mechanical devices - springs, gears, bearings, clutches, brakes, etc. The final chapter of the section is a case study of the first commercially successful automotive automatic transmission, drawing on the knowledge of all of the individual devices studied in previous chapters of part two.

The updates to this fourth edition versus the third edition are:
* Chapter 1 has some new material including a hierarchy of design that sets design guidelines for minimizing risk as well as the documenting of a new product.
* Section 3.14 "Engineering Material Selection Process" is new material.
* Section 6.4 on "Fracture Mechanics - Applications" has been expanded.
* There are two new sections in Chapter 8 entitled "Fatigue Crack Growth" and "General Approach for Fatigue Design".
* There is more reference to various websites in this edition.
* Both the example and homework problems have been revised.

The third and previous edition of this book is only two years older than the current fourth edition, and actually contains about 100 pages more material than the fourth edition. Given the high cost of the fourth edition, and the fact that the third edition can be obtained used rather inexpensively, you might want to consider getting the third edition of this book if you do not consider this list of new features essential. A good companion to this book is the latest edition of "Machinery's Handbook" since it has equations and tables in a very concise format. However, I highly recommend you get a copy of either the third or fourth edition of this book too. It has a wealth of material on mechanical design, and if you are already a mechanical engineer, it will make you fall in love with the discipline all over again.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent working reference with outstanding sample problems, July 20, 1999
The first edition was a required college text, but I kept using it so much the cover wore out! The chapters are well laid out, and the sample problems really bring the main concepts into the real world. Every colleague to whom I have shown this book has been impressed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars handy reference- especially for new grads!, September 20, 1998
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This book was required for my first course in mechanical design and I've kept is as a desk reference at work. The book is well organized and practical. The techniques outlined in the later chapters apply good design techniques and provide usable information for machine component designers. I recommend this book to anyone requiring a mechanical reference.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A broad book, but lacking in details, May 31, 2006
This review is from: Fundamentals of Machine Component Design (Hardcover)
The book covers a broad range of problems in machine design but lacks clear explanations and citations. Often times in sample problems the author's solution skips crucial steps or fails to cite information. The section on fasteners is lacking as well. It also does not mention AN or NAS fasteners. Too many coeficients are taken blindy from charts which are not cited. This makes the problems in the book little more than blind "plug & chug" type problems. One might expect this from a first or second edition high school book, but not a fourth edition college text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good in the theory part, so-so in the application part, March 5, 2010
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This review is from: Fundamentals of Machine Component Design (Hardcover)
Generally, books with this title are composed of two parts: theory and machine elements. The two parts are written in very different manners.

This book is very good in theory part. It is excellent for both learning tool and reference. The style is very clear with a good amount of examples.

However, the machine element part is not as good as the theory part. My complain is that new concepts are introduced in end-of-chapter problems, NOT in the text. The example problems are the easiest plug-n-chug problems. You will find yourself fooled when you try to solve the practice problems.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fundamental of Machine component design, January 29, 2004
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The result of my review are as follows:
1.excellent presentation of animated gear simulation by the United States Air Force Academy
2.Good examples at Student Solutions
3.Containing very useful informations about machine design
My comments
1. The type of copies in the acrobat files are not so clear, a little blard.
2. Working button shall be added in the table of contentents in the acrobat files to access the topics you wanted easily since this file contains more than a hundred pages.
3. All equations should be given a derivation; if it belongs to other references, please type the references below the equation
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Reference for both students and working engineers, July 8, 2014
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An excellent reference: well-written, well-illustrated, well-organized and comprehensive. Becoming one of my top choices for solving MechE problems alongside Marks', Shigley and Roark.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Learning Tool, September 5, 2013
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The problem sets in the book are horribly written, often requiring you to imagine where forces should go based on very terse descriptions. What should take 1 hour to solve based on difficulty of material will take 2 plus hours due to the added guess work needed to ballpark what exactly the problem is expecting you to do. This wouldn't be so bad were it not such a consistent issue. I've been extremely frustrated trying to figure out things like where the forces are coming from, how they contact, what assumptions are to be made etc. , yet it happens time and time again.

Review of this nature aren't very helpful for students since most will buy the book as mandated by their class regardless of how they feel, but for people who are interested in self learning, go else where.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could be a lot better, June 15, 2013
Contains a wide variety of manufacturing processes, but lack detail in almost all of them. Also, the examples are often difficult to follow. OK (but not great) on the theory behind these processes, but gives little to no practical information for "on the ground" engineering. Better suited to a research who is already familiar with the subject than an engineering student.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Cover, June 8, 2013
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useful for both deform and mechanical and machine component design. Detailed examples and useful appendices are included. However it is expensive.
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