This up-to-date book answers 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, making it a practical reference work. Beginning with a comprehensive introduction to the subject, this book covers computer models of mechanisms; vectors; position and displacement analysis; mechanism design; velocity analysis; acceleration analysis; computer-aided mechanism analysis; cams, gears, belt and train drives; screw mechanisms; and static and dynamic force analyses. For anyone who needs to understand the kinematic theories that are behind the design of mechanisms, including engineers, designers, and machine inventors.
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Machines and Mechanisms applies graphical and analytical kinematic theories to real-world machines. The book is intended to bridge the gap between a theoretical study of kinematics and the application to practical mechanisms. This objective of providing the techniques necessary to study the motion of machines while emphasizing the application of kinematic theories to real-world machines is consistent with the philosophy of engineering and technology programs.
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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.
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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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