A Student's Introduction to Engineering Design

A Student's Introduction to Engineering Design

Pergamon Unified Engineering Series

1st Edition - December 22, 2013

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  • Author: Harold A. Simon

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A Student's Introduction to Engineering Design is a book purposed to present the fundamentals in engineering design in a form easily understood by first time students so that they can be familiarized early in their curriculum. The text is divided into two books. Book I describes the discipline of the engineering design, and includes design; modeling; decision theory; communication; and detailed design. Book II, on the other hand, is background material and is more suited to be read early on in the course, as it explores the human element of engineering and the engineer's role towards society. The book is recommended for beginning engineering students, especially for those who wish to acquire a broad perspective and an open mind in their approach to their profession of engineering, learn about design, and make them actively participate in design problems requiring formulation, analysis, evaluation, and decision making.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Book I

    Chapter 1 Design

    1.1 The Design Process

    1.2 Morphology of Design

    1.3 Anatomy of Design

    1.4 Exercises


    Additional Reading

    Chapter 2 Needs and Information

    2.1 Problem Formulation

    2.2 Information

    2.3 Exercises

    Chapter 3 Modeling

    3.1 Models in General

    3.2 Mathematical Models

    3.3 Other Forms of Modeling

    3.4 Exercises


    Chapter 4 Values and Alternatives

    4.1 The Value Statement

    4.2 Criteria Modeling

    4.3 Alternatives

    4.4 Exercises


    Chapter 5 Analysis and Computation

    5.1 Looking for Numbers

    5.2 Graphical Analysis

    5.3 Analogue Computation

    5.4 Digital Computation

    5.5 Exercises


    Chapter 6 Testing and Evaluation

    6.1 Posing the Question

    6.2 Similarity

    6.3 Measurement

    6.4 Designing Experimental Apparatus

    6.5 Testing

    6.6 Evaluation

    6.7 Exercises


    Chapter 7 Decision Theory

    7.1 Decision Variables

    7.2 Decision Matrix

    7.3 Decision Tree

    7.4 Network Analysis

    7.5 Exercises


    Chapter 8 Optimization

    8.1 Mathematical Formulation

    8.2 Geometrical Visualization

    8.3 Differential Calculus

    8.4 Lagrange Multipliers

    8.5 Numerical Methods

    8.7 Exercises


    Chapter 9 Communication

    9.1 Design and Communication

    9.2 Communication in Practice

    9.3 Report Writing

    9.4 Engineering Graphics


    Chapter 10 Detailed Design

    10.1 Materials

    10.2 Manufacture

    10.3 Components and Subassemblies

    10.4 Variation in Performance

    10.5 Reliability and Safety

    10.6 Exercises


    Book II

    Chapter 11 The Setting

    11.1 The Planet Earth

    11.2 The Earth's Crust

    11.3 The Earth's Interior

    11.4 The Oceans

    11.5 The Atmosphere

    11.6 The Magnetosphere

    11.7 The Biosphere

    11.8 Resources

    11.9 Exercises


    Chapter 12 The Human Society

    12.1 Evolution of Man

    12.2 Evolution of Society

    12.3 Exercises


    Chapter 13 Human Needs

    13.1 Values, Needs, and Goals

    13.2 The Hierarchy of Needs of the Individual

    13.3 Group Needs

    13.4 Definition of Goals

    13.5 Exercises


    Chapter 14 Human Activities

    14.1 Historical Economic View

    14.2 Statistical View

    14.3 Sociological View

    14.4 Changing Structure of Occupations

    14.5 Needs View

    14.6 Exercises


    Chapter 15 The Engineer's Role

    15.1 What is Engineering?

    15.2 What Do Engineers Do?

    15.3 Exercises


    Appendix I Probability and Statistics

    Appendix II Economics

    Appendix III Conversion Factors


Product details

  • No. of pages: 364
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1975
  • Published: December 22, 2013
  • Imprint: Pergamon

About the Author

Harold A. Simon

About the Editors

Thomas F. Irvine

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Mechanical Engineering State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, New York

James P. Hartnett

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