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Standard Handbook of Machine Design, 3rd Edition edited  by Joseph Shigley, Charles Mischke, Thomas H. Brown (Standard Handbook of Machine Design: McGraw-Hill Professional) The definitive machine design handbook for mechanical engineers, product designers, project engineers, design engineers, and manufacturing engineers covers every aspect of machine construction and operation. The 3rd edition of the Standard Handbook of Machine Design will be redesigned to meet the challenges of a new mechanical engineering age. In addition to adding chapters on structural plastics and adhesives, which are replacing the old nuts bolts and fasteners in design, the author will also update and streamline the remaining chapters.

Excerpt: This Third Edition of the Standard Handbook of Machine Design has been com­pletely reorganized as compared to its two previous editions. To bring into focus the needs of the machine design engineer, without the distractions of ancillary material, the number of chapters has been reduced from 50 in the Second Edition to 39. These 39 chapters have been carefully grouped into nine distinct sections, denoted as Parts 1 through 9. These chapter groupings were inspired primarily by a set of eight "Machine Design Workbooks," containing much of the material in the First Edition, and published between the First and Second Editions.

After a new introductory chapter, "Evolution of a Successful Design," the first of nine sections, Part 1, "Machine Elements in Motion," presents four chapters on the seemingly endless ways to achieve a desired motion. Kinematics, or the geometry of motion, is probably the most important step in the design process, as it sets the stage for many of the other decisions that will be made as a successful design evolves. Whether it's a self-locking latch you are looking for, a complex cam shape, or an entire gear assembly, the information you need is here in these chapters.

Part 2, "Machine Elements that Absorb and Store Energy," contains three chap­ters presenting the classic machine elements: springs, flywheels, clutches, and brakes. Not all designs will have a need for these energy-related devices, but, when appro­priate, no other device will do the job.

Part 3, "Gearing," contains five chapters covering every possible gear type, from basic spur gears to complex hypoid bevel gears sets; the intricacies of worm gearing; and the very versatile and relatively modern power screw designs.

Part 4, "Power Transmission," contains four chapters directed at the requirements of transferring motion from one rotating axis to another, whether by time-honored belt or chain configurations, or the wide variety of couplings used to isolate and pro­tect downstream machine elements. This is also where the design of shafts, from both a static and dynamic viewpoint, is included.

Part 5, "Bearings and Lubrication," pulls together in one place the design of many types of roller bearings as well as the design aspects of the classic journal bearing. Bearings could not do their job without lubrication, and lubrication would be lost from most bearings without the proper seals. Traditional and nontraditional designs are presented.

Part 6, "Fastening, Joining, and Connecting," covers every conceivable type of mechanical fastener. When disassembly is not required, or when maximum strength is needed, then the only solution is a welded connection. All aspects of a welded con­nection are presented. Many connections must prevent leakage or provide cushion­ing, so a discussion of seals and their effect on a bolted connection is provided. The mating of parts without prior preassembly can be an important design requirement; therefore, this is where a detailed discussion of fits and tolerances is included.

Part 7, "Load Capability Considerations," provides the designer with the rules for determining if a particular part will fail. This determination does not have to be a precise calculation, either under static or dynamic conditions, whether the part is acting as a beam or column, but to ignore these fundamental principles is to invite

disaster. This section seemed like the best place to discuss vibration and, just as important, its control.

Part 8, "Performance of Engineering Materials," brings to bear the science of material behavior, to include the changes that take place during the manufacturing process. Once in service, machine elements are subject to constant wear and the adverse effects of corrosion.

Lastly, Part 9, "Classical Stress and Deformation Analysis," provides the design engineer with the fundamental formulas for stress, deflection, and deformation, and includes special geometries such as curved elements and special loadings, which are found in cylinders under internal pressure when parts are press fitted.

One of the chapters included in the First and Second Editions, "Sections and Shapes—Tabular Data," has been provided in this Third Edition as an appendix.

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