Mechanical Design Engineering Handbook

1st Edition

Authors: Peter Childs
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080977591
eBook ISBN: 9780080982830
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 24th September 2013
Page Count: 856
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Mechanical Design Engineering Handbook is a straight-talking and forward-thinking reference covering the design, specification, selection, use and integration of machine elements fundamental to a wide range of engineering applications.

Develop or refresh your mechanical design skills in the areas of bearings, shafts, gears, seals, belts and chains, clutches and brakes, springs, fasteners, pneumatics and hydraulics, amongst other core mechanical elements, and dip in for principles, data and calculations as needed to inform and evaluate your on-the-job decisions.

Covering the full spectrum of common mechanical and machine components that act as building blocks in the design of mechanical devices, Mechanical Design Engineering Handbook also includes worked design scenarios and essential background on design methodology to help you get started with a problem and repeat selection processes with successful results time and time again.

This practical handbook will make an ideal shelf reference for those working in mechanical design across a variety of industries and a valuable learning resource for advanced students undertaking engineering design modules and projects as part of broader mechanical, aerospace, automotive and manufacturing programs.

Key Features

  • Clear, concise text explains key component technology, with step-by-step procedures, fully worked design scenarios, component images and cross-sectional line drawings all incorporated for ease of understanding
  • Provides essential data, equations and interactive ancillaries, including calculation spreadsheets, to inform decision making, design evaluation and incorporation of components into overall designs
  • Design procedures and methods covered include references to national and international standards where appropriate


Professional engineers involved in mechanical and machine design, including those working within automotive, aerospace and related mechanical industries, and Advanced students and graduates undertaking modules in design as part of mechanical, automotive and aerospace degree programs.

Table of Contents



About the Author

Chapter 1. Design


1.1 Introduction

1.2 The Design Process

1.3 Total Design

1.4 Systematic Design

1.5 Double Diamond

1.6 Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate (CDIO)

1.7 Design for Six Sigma

1.8 Design Optimization

1.9 Stage-Gate Process

1.10 The Technology Base

1.11 Conclusions


Further Reading


Chapter 2. Specification


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Product Design Specification

2.3 Quality Function Deployment

2.4 Conclusions


Further Reading


Chapter 3. Ideation


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Creative Process

3.3 Brainstorming

3.4 Creative Problem Solving


3.6 Create Process

3.7 Morphological Analysis

3.8 Standard Solutions

3.9 Boundary Shifting

3.10 The Creativity and Innovation Engine

3.11 Conclusions


Further Reading

Chapter 4. Machine Elements


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Bearings

4.3 Gears, Belts, and Chains

4.4 Clutches and Brakes

4.5 Seals

4.6 Springs

4.7 Fasteners

4.8 Wire Rope

4.9 Pneumatics and Hydraulics

4.10 Enclosures

4.11 Conclusions


Further Reading


Chapter 5. Journal Bearings


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Sliding Bearings

5.3 Design of Boundary-Lubricated Bearings

5.4 Design of Full-Film Hydrodynamic Bearings

5.5 Conclusions


Further Reading


Chapter 6. Rolling Element Bearings


6.1 Introduction

6.2 Bearing Life and Se


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About the Author

Peter Childs

Peter Childs is the Professorial Lead in Engineering Design at the Imperial College London and Joint Course Director for the Innovation Design Engineering program run in conjunction with the Royal College of Art, London. He has spent the last 20 years actively involved in industrial research and development, including projects for the likes of Ford, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Alstom, DaimlerChrysler and Volvo. He is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and has won the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Gas Turbine Institute John P Davies award for exceptional contribution to the literature of gas turbine technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Internationally recognized industry researcher and professorial lead in Engineering Design, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK


"…a substantial volume that could be useful for a great many machine builders, mechanical engineers and students… Most chapters include worked examples, references, further reading and a glossary…deserves warm praise for its thoroughness while addressing a broad range of mechanical engineering topics.", April 2014