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Sources of Information on Engineering

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Mike Seoni
Oct15-07, 08:29 AM
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Technical Library covering all sorts of drying and agglomeration processes, including spray drying and fluid bed drying can be found at

Mike Stanley
Nov24-07, 11:24 AM
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EE ( currently has listings for 150+ free textbooks on physics, math, programming and electrical engineering topics.
Jan3-08, 05:36 AM
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I have a lot of e-books on mechanical engineering. Is there a resource folder of some sort in which I can upload them?
Mar16-08, 03:59 PM
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This is a very good source for learning theory. This is MIT's youtube channel. They have everything from biology, differential equations, to fluid mechanics. It's a great way to virtually sit through one of their classes. I viewed about all of their differential equations videos, I am in diff eq class in college now and it's nice to get a different view on some of the theory, and relearn what i should've learned when i was day dreaming in class.

I also just watch some of the fluid mechanic lessons, they are so interesting.

very good thread guys!
Apr29-08, 07:41 PM
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Not sure if this has been posted, but I came across this awhile ago.
May1-08, 05:10 AM
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Are there any good engineering mathematics books?
Aug22-08, 12:09 AM
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Quote Quote by FredGarvin View Post
Just to get some basics out there...

General Design:

Machine Element Design:

General Engineering:
Java Learning Appletes:

Process Control/Instrumentation:
Omega's Technical Library (EXCELLENT SOURCE!):

LMNO Engineering:
Standard Atmosphere Calculator:
Pumps Fundamentals:

Sound/Vibration: (EXCELLENT SOURCE!)
Hello Fred,

this was an excellent information put up by you... Could you please inform me about a site which wuold give a guideline for pressure vessel design ( along with sample calculations maybe).

Aug22-08, 06:57 AM
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Most of the pressure or storage vessels in service in the United States will have been designed and constructed in accordance with one of the following two pressure vessel design codes:
  • The ASME Code, or Section VIII of the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) "Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code."
  • The API Standard 620 or the American Petroleum Institute Code which provides rules for lower pressure vessels not covered by the ASME Code.

The design, fabrication and use of pressure vessels is a serious matter given that failure can have serious consequences (death or injury) to people in the vicinity of failed PV's.

If one is designing and building a PV with the intent to use it, one must adhere to the above two codes, whichever is appropriate.

Power boilers are a common application:
Section I – Power Boilers
This Section provides requirements for all methods of construction of power, electric, and miniature boilers; high temperature water boilers used in stationary service; and power boilers used in locomotive, portable, and traction service. Rules pertaining to use of the V, A, M, PP, S and E Code symbol stamps are also included.
It might be worthwhile to have a dedicated thread on BPV's, or perhaps just PV's.
Aug22-08, 11:35 AM
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Personally I don't think I would not want to take a major part in a thread about pressure vessels except on an amature level. Section VIII is absolutely huge and the area of their design is a very specialized area. I know I would not feel comfortable giving someone advice regarding a pressure vessel in accordance to ASME specs. I think, probably, only Q_Goest is the only one here that has a good amount of experience in that area.
Jan28-09, 08:58 AM
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The American Society for Civil Engineers has produced their 2nd edition of the Body of Knowledge.

It's well worth a look, even if one is not a civil engineer.

Other sources on ASCE education products.

Every 4 years [I thought it was annual], ASCE produces a report card on the state of infrastructure -

US roads, water and basic systems earn 'D' grade

Engineers: U.S. infrastructure a 'D'
American Society of Civil Engineers says under-funding has caused the nation's infrastructure to crumble - and stimulus won't do enough.

With that in mind -

NTSB Expected to Adopt Final Report on I-35W Bridge Collapse;
Agency Probe Cites Gusset Plate Design Flaw

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to issue a ruling late Friday on the probable causes and contributing factors of the Aug. 1, 2007, I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis that killed 13 people and injured 145. Their findings will be released formally at the conclusion of a two-day public board meeting that opened Thursday in Washington.

During Thursday's testimony, federal investigators said they had discovered a major design flaw that dated to the bridge's original design in the mid-'60s -- the steel gusset plates that held beams together were only half the required thickness. The bridge was in the midst of repairs at the time of the collapse. Equipment and supplies at one point of excessive weight in the center span caused weak plates to give out, which pulled down the adjacent sections in turn.

The NTSB has been investigating the catastrophic failure of the eight-lane, 1,907-foot-long highway bridge over the Mississippi River over the past 15 months since the collapse. The board made the two-day meeting available via a live webcast, which is being archived for later viewing online. The NTSB planned to release a summary of their final report shortly after the conclusion of the meeting. The entire report will be released in "several weeks," according to the NTSB.
Jul7-09, 06:29 AM
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To bad you dont understand russian, they have so many good books and info about engineering in internet.
Jul7-09, 09:25 AM
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Solved problems in Strength of Materials with a very short explanation of principles and theories. Good for beginners and those who want to refresh themselves.
Sep14-09, 06:59 AM
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It's amazing what you can find on the web. I was looking for more information on Fourier transforms and stumbled onto an excellent resource via a series of lectures posted on YouTube through a Stanford University outreach program. Excellent course, and the home page has all the course notes, lecture notes and exams.

If you want a textbook for a certain course but don't plan to take the course just yet, used book stores can be a gold mine and so can ebay. Find out what edition the local college or university is teaching from then get the previous edition. The main changes from one edition to the next are usually the problem sets and the graphics, neither of which affect the material that is taught. There's little demand for out-of-date textbooks but they're perfectly fine to study or as references and can be had for a song. My best standby is still Google and/or Wikipedia. They provide the quickest answers for me when I need them.
Oct13-09, 02:40 PM
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Well, as I am in the very (and I mean "very") beginning stages of my degree in Electrical Engineering, I am not sure if this book would be very much help to the advanced engineer; but I know it is going to help me in the meantime.
Oct13-09, 03:00 PM
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I have 3 different copies of Machinery's handbook and use them almost every day.
Oct29-09, 04:35 PM
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I have 3 different copies of Machinery's handbook and use them almost every day.
Can you please explain why you'd need more than one? The only reason I could imagine is if you have them in different locations (e.g. desk, plant floor, etc...).

I recently got the a digital (CD) copy of the 28th Edition, and I find it to be far-superior to the old-school paper book for a few reasons:
  • can print/reproduce any pages in whatever paper size you want (great for looking at the smallish figures/graphs)
  • can search and find anything almost instantly
  • no more lugging around (or losing) those rather-bulky tomes
  • can share (over a network)
  • easy to copy-&-paste
Oct29-09, 04:39 PM
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I am currently maintaining a random (but useful) archive of (mostly mechanical) engineering references using Google Docs, which is an amazingly useful (and FREE) service.

Anybody can access it for free by going here:
Misc. Engineering References

It's an ever-growing work-in-progress. Please contact me if you have anything I can add to the collection.
Oct29-09, 08:36 PM
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Quote Quote by gfowler1980 View Post
Can you please explain why you'd need more than one?
I work at more than one location including home.

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