For courses in Mechanism Design and Kinematics in Departments of Engineering Technology. This up-to-date text responds to the overwhelming need for an introduction to kinematic analysis that uses actual machines and mechanisms. It provides the techniques necessary to study the motion of machines while emphasizing the application of kinematic theories to real-world problems.
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Machines and Mechanisms: Applied Kinematic Analysis, Second Edition, applies kinematic theories, both graphical and analytical, to real-world machines. It is intended to bridge the gap between a theoretical study of kinematics and the application to practical mechanisms.
This text meets the need for an introduction to kinematic analysis that uses actual machines and mechanisms. The objective of this book (consistent with the philosophy of engineering and technology programs) is to provide the techniques necessary to study the motion of machines while emphasizing the application of kinematic theories to real-world machines.
Distinctive features of this book include:
The objective of this book is to provide the techniques necessary to study the motion of machines. A focus is placed on the application of kinematic theories to real-world machinery. It is intended to bridge the gap between a theoretical study of kinematics and the application to practical mechanisms. Students completing a course of study using this book should be able to determine the motion characteristics of a machine. Further, such analysis could be performed on design concepts to optimize the motion of a machine arrangement.
This second edition incorporates much of the feedback received from instructors and students who used the first edition of the book. First, a thorough examination of the accuracy for all equations and Example Problem solutions was performed. Second, solution steps have been added to the Example Problems, highlighting the general solution procedure. Third, the material on mechanism force analysis has been greatly expanded. These and many other modifications were made to more effectively promote the understanding of mechanism analysis.
It is expected that students using this book will have a good background in technical drawing, college algebra, and trigonometry. Also, knowledge of vectors, mechanics, and computer application software, such as spreadsheets, will be useful. However, these concepts are also introduced in the book.
The approach of applying theoretical developments to practical problems is consistent with the philosophy of engineering technology programs. This book is primarily oriented toward mechanical- and manufacturing-related engineering technology programs. It can be used in either associate or baccalaureate degree programs.
Following are some distinctive features of this book:
Finally, the purpose of any textbook is to guide the students through a learning experience in an effective manner. I sincerely hope that this book will fulfill this intention. I welcome all suggestions and comments and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I thank the reviewers of this text for their comments and suggestions: Guenter W. Brunner, Owens Community College; Laura Caldwell, University of Cincinnati; and Robert Tosch, Alpena Community College.
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