Conceptual Design for Engineers by Michael J. French

By Michael J. French

Why reissue a e-book on engineering layout first written approximately thirty years in the past? It used to be good prior to its time in 1971, and even supposing a lot of its method is now ordinary, lots nonetheless is still followed. yet principally, the place different books have a couple of pages at the key difficulties of layout, that are the way to produce stable rules and the way to enhance and enhance them, this e-book has chapters. Engineering technological know-how is primary to so much layout, however it figures hardly ever in any respect in different texts, although it is the central learn of engineering scholars. during this e-book it assumes its right position, figuring generally within the examples. development in layout comes often, no longer from brainstorming and so forth, yet from the advance of perception, frequently rooted in technological know-how. This ebook provides examples of perception and the way to increase it. In layout, there are recurrent sorts of challenge, corresponding to disposition and fit­ ing, taken care of right here and never in different places. often, perception can come and advances will be made via recognising and dealing on on those recurrent kinds. occasionally layout might be decreased to a scientific method, the place one notion fol­ lows logically from one other, as this publication exhibits. occasionally, too, a leap forward can come from discovering how to invalidate a step in a logical chain and so offer a kick off point for a brand new design.

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There are also cases where one function is divided among several parts, as in multi-engined aircraft, and cases where one part with its own properfunction helps with the function of another part, as when the structural concrete of a nuclear reactor for power generation helps also to provide the shielding. Most cases of redistribution of function are largely matters of common sense, and detailed discussion of them would be trivial; the important point for the designer is that he should not overlook the possibilities this technique affords.

G. the synthesising principle only becomes apparent and of value when the compressor rotor requires great radial strength combined with high transverse stiffness. It is commonly based upon some quantifiable and rcadily casted task to be performed by the design, as in the LNG tanker where the structural tasks provide the starting point. Even when no natural principle of synthesis emerges, we can tackle the problem of selecting preferred solutions from a table of options, not by rejecting the bad, but by building up only the good.

We assume that the only important consideration is the disadvantage of a propeller shaft, rated at - 2, so that for the interaction we put Ff = Rr = 0, Fr = Rf = -2 where the bar is used to distinguish the interaction Ff from the combination Ff. The total values for the combination are then: Ff == F + f + Ff = 2 + (-1) + 0 = 1 Fr = 2 + 0 + (- 2) =0 Rf = 0 + ( -1) + (- 2) = - 3 Rr=O+ 0+ 0=0 34 Conceptual design for engineers This reflects the real position for small cars today crudely but fairly realistically.

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