Case Studies In Engineering Design PDF

Case Studies in Engineering Design


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Preface to Case Studies In Engineering Design PDF Clifford Matthews 

What is the core issue of engineering design teaching? The different parts of the design process are important but perhaps the most important is the multidisciplinary nature of the design.  Even the simplest engineering design involves several different engineering disciplines- so it is essential that a 'multidisciplinary view' is built into the design process.

One way of highlighting this approach, as part of a teaching program,  is to look not only at how products are designed but also at how their components can fail.  

Case studies provide a useful way of looking at this, particularly those that incorporate a range of engineering disciplines. 

This is intended to be a book that can help to learn, rather than a chronology of engineering experience. The case studies have been chosen from real-life engineering design projects.  

Their purpose is to expose students to a  wide variety of design activities and situations, including those which have incomplete or imperfect information.  

The student is also introduced to positive aspects such as the innovation and forward-thinking that make  'good design' what it is.

The three traditional parts of the design process: conceptual design, embodiment design, and detailed engineering design, appear in many of the case studies; in some, they are separated for clarity, but in others, they are left 'mixed up - the way that they often occur in the real design world.

All the case studies contain a certain amount of innovation- one of the themes of this book is to encourage the student to be innovative, to try new ideas, whilst not losing sight of sound and well-proven engineering practice. 

The chapters are written in a way that requires the student to perform tasks related to each case study. I believe that this is the best way of learning.

The method of approaching design problems is all-important so different methodologies are identified and explained,  in Chapter 2.

These principles should not be applied rigidly to all of the case studies but are sometimes best used in parts - there are opportunities to use bits of these 'methodology'  principles in all but the simplest case studies covered in the book.

There are a  few areas of the book where it has been necessary to sacrifice some academic rigour for practical engineering considerations.

This does not mean that basic theoretical assumptions have been ignored but merely that there is not always room in each study text to include the full theoretical analysis. This can be reinforced, during lectures or classwork, as necessary. 

I have tried to make this book a multidisciplinary introduction to engineering design using case studies that are interesting. If you find any errors  (they do creep in) or you can see possible improvements, and certainly, if you feel that the case studies are not interesting, then say so. You can write to me c/o the publishers at the address given on page (iv) of this book.

What is this book about?

This book is about design. James Watt, it is claimed, improved the design of the steam engine; likewise, the  Sony Corporation was credited with the invention of the 'Walkman', and Beethoven his Fifth  Symphony  (and no doubt his others).  Perhaps these are fine historical occurrences. 

So, do you think that you could find the designer of Concorde or shatterproof glass?  What about the light-emitting diode or nylon?  The answer: probably not - in fact, you would be hard pushed to find 'the designer'  of the pen used to write this book. 

Why is this? There are several reasons, but the overriding one is the thing called complexity.

The discipline of design, unfortunately,  seems to contain rather a lot of the world's complexity.  

Design is multidisciplinary,  nested, sometimes intangible, repetitive, and iterative.  It can involve poor logic, uncertainty, and paradox  (often at the same time). This is where designers come wandering on to the scene.  

Often trained as single subject specialists:  metallurgists,  dynamicists,  chemists; they enter with a flourish to address this complexity.  Some, perish the thought, may even claim to be  'in management'. 

But where should they start, and how do they know when they have finished?  The poetry of the answer lies in what is generally known as the design process; this is really what this book is about. 

Contents of Case Studies In Engineering Design PDF

  • Case study keywords 
  • Foreword 
  • Preface 
  • Acknowledgements 
  • Chapter  1  
  • Conclusion 
  • The final  word 
  • Appendix 
  • Bibliography 
  • Index 
  • What is this book about? 
  • Methodology 
  • Crane  sheave-  basic  design  principles 
  • Crane  sheave-  early  failures 
  • Crane  sheave-  simple  costing 
  • Casting  machine-  basic  design 
  • The  Rainbow  sculpture-  innovation  in  design 
  • The  Inshallah  condenser-  ISO  9000  application 
  • Screwed  fasteners- standardization in  design 
  • Fasteners  and  couplings-better  design 
  • Piranha-  technology  transfer  and  project  structure 
  • Mechanical  seals-  improving  design  reliability 
  • Aircraft  flight  control-  function  and  ergonomics 
  • Power  boilers-  remnant  life  assessment 
  • The  'Schloss  Adler'  railway-  design  safety 
  • Electric  vehicles-  design  for  plastics 
  • Motorcycles-  design  and  project  costing 
  • Flue  gas desulphurization-  total  design 
  • The  fast  yacht  Dying Swan-  complex  failure

Details Book: Case Studies In Engineering Design PDF

  • Book Title: Case Studies In Engineering Design PDF
  • Author: Clifford Matthews
  • Pages: 273 Pages
  • Size: 6 Mo
  • ISBN: 0 340 69135 2
  • format: PDF.

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