Sources of Information on Engineering

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Are there any good engineering mathematics books?
 
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Just to get some basics out there...

General Design:
http://www.boltscience.com/pages/info.htm
http://www2.chicago-rawhide.com/catalog_pdf.htm [Broken]
http://www.mech.uwa.edu.au/DANotes/intro/contents.html#top

Machine Element Design:
http://www.mech.uwa.edu.au/DANotes/intro/contents.html#top
http://www.mrcbearingservices.com/engineeringdata.asp
http://www.utm.edu/departments/engin/lemaster/machine_design.htm [Broken]
http://www.co-design.co.uk/dpg/guides.htm
http://www.tapmatic.com/tech_manual/index.html [Broken]

General Engineering:
Java Learning Appletes: http://www.engapplets.vt.edu/
http://www.roymech.co.uk/index3.htm

Process Control/Instrumentation:
Omega's Technical Library (EXCELLENT SOURCE!):
http://www.omega.com/techref/
http://www.pc-education.mcmaster.ca/instrumentation/go_inst.htm

Fluids:
LMNO Engineering: http://www.lmnoeng.com/
Standard Atmosphere Calculator: http://aero.stanford.edu/StdAtm.html
Piping: http://www.pipingdesign.com/ [Broken]
Pumps Fundamentals: http://www.gouldspumps.com/cat_technews_0005.html [Broken]

Sound/Vibration:
http://www.silcom.com/~aludwig/index.htm
http://www.vibrationdata.com/tutorials.htm (EXCELLENT SOURCE!)
http://www.sandv.com/home.htm
http://www.bradford.ac.uk/research/mbdmst/rotordynamic/ [Broken]
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).

thanks,
 
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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.

http://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm_iv/otm_iv_3.html
http://www.hghouston.com/pvessel.html [Broken]

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:
http://engineers.ihs.com/collections/asme/bpvc-2007.htm
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.
 
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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.
 
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Body of Knowledge

The American Society for Civil Engineers has produced their 2nd edition of the Body of Knowledge.

http://www.asce.org/professional/educ/bok2.cfm [Broken]

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


Other sources on ASCE education products.
http://www.asce.org/professional/educ/ [Broken]


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
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090128/ap_on_bi_ge/failing_backbone [Broken]

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.
http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/28/new..._report_card/index.htm?postversion=2009012811

With that in mind -

NTSB Expected to Adopt Final Report on I-35W Bridge Collapse;
Agency Probe Cites Gusset Plate Design Flaw
http://content.asce.org/I-35W/NTSBI35W.html [Broken]

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.
 
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To bad you dont understand russian, they have so many good books and info about engineering in internet.
 
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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.
 
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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.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0831128003/?tag=pfamazon01-20
 
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I have 3 different copies of Machinery's handbook and use them almost every day.
 
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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
 
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Can you please explain why you'd need more than one?
I work at more than one location including home.
 
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Frontiers of Engineering:
Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2009 Symposium
http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12821
In 1995, the National Academy of Engineering initiated the Frontiers of Engineering Program, which brings together about 100 young engineering leaders at annual symposia to learn about cutting-edge research and technical work in a variety of engineering fields. The 2009 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium was held at The National Academies' Arnold O. and Mabel Beckman Center on September 10-12. Speakers were asked to prepare extended summaries of their presentations, which are reprinted in this volume. The intent of this book is to convey the excitement of this unique meeting and to highlight cutting-edge developments in engineering research and technical work.
 
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My new website is up, which covers topics in structural engineering that are applicable to students across a wide range of disciplines, in particular students who are studying general civil engineering and mechanical engineering.

Undergraduate engineering
I am sharing undergraduate notes on structural engineering, which include statics, mechanics of materials, and classical structural analysis. We are in the process of transcribing our notes on some of the "design" courses that undergraduate civil engineering typically students take, such as reinforced concrete design, steel design, and timber design.

Graduate engineering
As far as graduate-level structural engineering, we so far have some very detailed notes on prestressed concrete.

You can find everything here:

http://www.utsv.net


My favorite topic, and a personal area of research is solid mechanics. On the website, please find our free textbook on solid mechanics (a.k.a. continuum mechanics), which is particularly useful for researchers that use finite element analysis software and want a better understanding of the physics. The textbook is written for graduate students or researchers in industry in the fields of structural engineering, mechanical engineering (the forum that I most often frequent on PF), and also bioengineering, as one of the areas of focus in the texbook is "hyperelasticity" - relevant for those researchers who use finite element analysis software to model the behavior of biological tissue or rubber.

http://utsv.net/solid-mechanics


Enjoy!


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P.S. - Mods, many of the links in this thread are dead. Just FYI
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Future Female Engineers T-Shirt

For proud Mother's who have future Engineer Daughters, check out this T-shirt at http://www.teespring.com/wearme

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thank you all, it is good thread
 
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25 of ASME B36.4 piping mat'l standards online for free viewing and no registering, sign up etc. required.

The below website also other tech information i.e. I found it while looking for Steam Superheat Corrections and they have a table of the ASME approved values that can be printed as well.

http://www.piping-designer.com/index.php/standards/184-asme-standards
 
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There is a book about the future in the field of engineering. It would be interesting to compare how it is now to what was written then.


The Engineer of 2020
 

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