Are there any mechanical engineers here?

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I was wondering if any of you could point me in the direction of some basic engineering books?

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Chris
  • Profile picture of the author birdman87
    What do u mean by basic engineering books?

    To pass certain subjects, or just to get the background?
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
      Originally Posted by birdman87 View Post

      What do u mean by basic engineering books?

      To pass certain subjects, or just to get the background?
      Basic as in introductory/general concepts for beginners.

      -Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author Sumit Menon
    Have a look at this -
    Free Online Course Materials | Mechanical Engineering | MIT OpenCourseWare

    You'll find the books that you have to read for a particular course on the Syllabus page of the course details.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    There are a LOT of aspects to mechanical engineering. A LOT! If you don't SPECIFY, you may be in for a surprise. I recently looked at one mechanical engineering book, and I think the WHOLE book was about determining stress under torsion.

    HECK, there is the famous story about the citicorp building in NY! It was designed in the normal way by an architect who THEMSELVES have to take mechanical aspects into account. It even has a counter balance mechanism to compensate for wind, etc...

    Anyway, a designer had to redesign it to make way for a church or something that ceeded property. An engineering student wrote about how he checked it out and noticed a flaw in the design, and the architect found out the student was right. A storm was due that could have toppled the building causing severe damage, so they worked throughout the nights to reinforce the building to survive. For those that don't know, you have probably seen it before. It is the big silverish building, and the tallest, in this picture:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...oup_center.jpg

    And we haven't even really talked about machinery or levers, pulleys, gears, etc... yet!

    Steve.
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  • Profile picture of the author Techology
    It would be great to have our first mechanical WSO
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