Mechanical Design

Mechanical Design

Theory and Applications

3rd Edition - June 29, 2021

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  • Author: T.H.C. Childs
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128211038
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128211021

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Mechanical Design: Theory and Applications, Third Edition introduces the design and selection of common mechanical engineering components and machine elements, hence providing the foundational "building blocks" engineers needs to practice their art. In this book, readers will learn how to develop detailed mechanical design skills in the areas of bearings, shafts, gears, seals, belt and chain drives, clutches and brakes, and springs and fasteners. Where standard components are available from manufacturers, the steps necessary for their specification and selection are thoroughly developed. Descriptive and illustrative information is used to introduce principles, individual components, and the detailed methods and calculations that are necessary to specify and design or select a component. As well as thorough descriptions of methodologies, this book also provides a wealth of valuable reference information on codes and regulations.

Key Features

  • Presents new material on key topics, including actuators for robotics, alternative design methodologies, and practical engineering tolerancing
  • Clearly explains best practice for design decision-making
  • Provides end-of-chapter case studies that tie theory and methods together
  • Includes up-to-date references on all standards relevant to mechanical design, including ASNI, ASME, BSI, AGMA, DIN and ISO


Postgraduate students and researchers working in mechanical engineering, automotive and motorsport engineering, and robotics. Industrial design engineers; product designers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Design
    2. Journal Bearings
    3. Rolling Element Bearings

Product details

  • No. of pages: 474
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2021
  • Published: June 29, 2021
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128211038
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128211021

About the Author

T.H.C. Childs

Brief Author Bio: Peter Childs is Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering and the Professorial Lead in Engineering Design at Imperial College London. His general interests include: creativity tools and innovation; design process and design rationale; fluid flow and heat transfer, particularly rotating flow; sustainable energy component, concept and system design; robotics. Prior to his current post at Imperial he was director of the Rolls-Royce supported University Technology Centre for Aero-Thermal Systems, director of InQbate and professor at the University of Sussex. He has contributed to over 180 refereed journal and conference papers, and several books including the Handbook on Mechanical Design Engineering (Elsevier, 2013, 2019) as well as co-authoring books on rural urban migration, inclusive sports and sports technology. He has been principal or co-investigator on contracts totalling over £80 million. His roles at Imperial include joint course director for the Innovation Design Engineering double master degree run jointly by Imperial and the Royal College of Art, and Design Lead for the Manufacturing Futures Lab. He is Editor of the Journal of Power and Energy and Founder Director and Chief Scientific Officer at QBot Ltd.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of the Dyson School of Engineering Design, Imperial College London, UK

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