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References for Design Engineers (Must Haves)

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Sep3-12, 10:35 AM
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Hello all,

I was wondering what kind of references design engineers like to have handy? So far, I have

Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design


Roark's Formulas for Stress and Strain

What other references do you like to have on your bookshelf?

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Sep3-12, 01:45 PM
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I use Blueprint Reading for the Machine Trades and Hibbeler's Mechanics of Materials a lot.
Sep3-12, 05:17 PM
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I use "Fundamentals of Machine Component Design" by Juvinall and Marshek every day. Love that textbook. The example problems could of been a lot better though.

Sep4-12, 09:55 AM
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References for Design Engineers (Must Haves)

The Crane paper, TP410, is very commonly used.
Sep4-12, 01:17 PM
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Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 12th edition, Lindeburg.

Its not exceptional for any of the topics it covers; however, it has a few bits and pieces on a wide variety of subjects (enough to jog the memory in the right direction.)
Sep4-12, 02:34 PM
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You might look at

Mechanical Engineer's Data Handbook

James Carvill

This is more affordable than most.

Also some metrology books such as

Mechanical Measurement

Beckwith and Marangoni
Sep4-12, 06:37 PM
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Good stuff. Thanks folks
Sep5-12, 08:54 AM
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I use the Machinery's Handbook nearly every day, especially for calculations/specs regarding fasteners.

Also take a look at, great website for mil-specs and all free!
Nov21-12, 04:09 AM
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I like this book, mechanics of engineering materials.

Can anyone recommend a comprehensive polymer book?
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I'm not a practicing engineer, but that site contains a lot of free resources on the topics that are covered in Hibbeler's Mechanics of Materials, for example. It's also a good resource for prestressed concrete design, and other random engineering topics.

Like a previous poster said, I also find myself referencing the "mechanics of materials" notes more than anything else..

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Can anyone recommend a comprehensive polymer book?
What specifically were you looking for relating to polymers?
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Mar12-13, 06:00 PM
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Zeus Precision Data Charts and Reference Tables for Drawing Office, Toolroom & Workshop
Is a very handy little pocket book.

Materials for engineers and technicians by Raymond A Higgins ( good for material science)

Materials selection in mechanical design by Michael F Ashby

Mechanics of materials by James M. Gere and Barry J Goodno

And to help out with the maths Higher engineering mathmatics by John Bird.

I find most of john bird books very helpful and get on bestvwith the layout and how the information is presented.
Feb10-14, 06:30 PM
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I get a variety of trade and industrial journals, such as Power Engineering. Generally the articles are short and not highly technical, although they do address issues in industry. Those journals are mostly out for the advertising.

Anyway, one such journal came to my office over the past few months, Product Design & Development.

They have articles on product design, development and testing.

Such an article - The Sphere of Turbulence - discusses some of GE's testing of jet engines.

It does have some interesting articles.

Flying a Glider at the Edge of Space

Materials in Design

Theorists Predict New Forms of Exotic Insulating Materials
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Wow, interesting glider article!
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Wow, interesting glider article!
It's a nice example of how far above an "aerofoil" (i.e. the mountain) the airflow is affected. Even in the UK, where the hills are mostly under 3000 ft, the gliding altitude record is over 38,000 feet, and flights to 10,000 feet are not particularly special. Records for the duration of flights are no longer accepted, because with modern equipment the main issue is how long the pilot can stay awake, rather than flying skill.

Air density at high altitudes is not really a big deal for the glider (though it is for the pilot). The lift-to-drag ratio doesn't change much, so you just fly faster to get enough lift. In gliding flying competitions, the planes are usually loaded up to the maximum permitted weight with sandbags for the same reason, which might seem counter-intuitive - you want to fly from one thermal to the next as fast as possible.
Feb15-14, 02:05 AM
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i use this book
Machine Elements. Life and Design-Frederic E . Nystrom , David M . Barlam , and Boris M . Klebanov.
May5-14, 09:43 AM
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How about some Engineering Design books like:
Engineering Design - George Dieter
Mechanical Design Process - David Ullman
To Engineer is Human - Henry Petroski and
The Science of Design - Gordon Glegg?
Aug17-14, 02:07 AM
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I love the book "From Marconi to Telstar" its all about how radio transmission started.

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