Mechanical Engineering



Table of Contents

1. Personal Context

I have no training, skills, or natural aptitude for mechanical engineering. However, I was working with mechanical engineers, so had to take a quick look.

2. Overview

As with most engineering fields, you need the math to solve non-intuitive problems, simulation software where math is too complex, and practical experience doing real projects.

3. References


JG Bralla. "Handbook of Manufacturing Processes" Industrial Press, 2007. ISBN 0-8311-3179-9.

First describes the std manufacturing processes (e.g., casting, ceramics, machining), and then uses that to describe how various products are made.


DT Greenwood. "Principles of Dynamics", 2nd ed. Prentice Hall, 1988. ISBN 0-13-709981-9.

Dynamics, orbital mechanics, rigid bodies, systems of particles, Lagrangian, etc.


"Machinery's Handbook", 28th ed. Industrial Press, 2008.

2000 pages of absolutely fascinating details of machinery. I read it cover-to-cover.


AS Hall, AR Holowenko, HG Laughlin. "Theory and Problems of Machine Design". Schaum's Outline Series, 1961.

The usual: Theory, derivations, and solved problems. It gives a context to the Machinery Handbook.

Creator: Harry George
Updated/Created: 2013-12-01