An Ideal Library for Machine Design Projects
Besides the lecture notes of the courses available from the Moodle platform, the students in mechanical engineering could be interested to know which books would be valuable for their personal bookshelf, especially in the perspective of the mechanical design project. It is possible to find valuable information on the Internet, but nothing replaces a printed document to get a complete overview on different technological options or high quality figures.
This is a first selection that will be completed over time. Do not hesitate to recommend your own proposals.
#1. A technological engineering handbook. Mémotech “Conception et dessin” (Claude Barlier , René Bourgeois, Mémotech, Casteilla, 2011) is a must-have with more than 650 pages of technical data and accurate design rules.
#2. A bearing catalogue (write to a distributor to get a paper copy)
#3. The Design of Rolling Bearing Mountings by Schlaeffer. (Print and bind it!)
#4. A coursebook on machine design written in English. (Fundamentals of Machine Elements by Bernard Hamrock et al., Machine Design – An Integrated Approach by Robert L. Norton, Mechanical Design Engineering Handbook by Peter R.N. Childs, …)
#5. A collection of printed catalogues for belts, chains, electrical motors, sealings, … (write to distributors)
#6. A general engineering handbook (Dubbel Taschenbuch für den Maschinenbau, available in English; Mechanical Design Handbook by Harold A. Rothbart)
#7. A coursebook on machine design written in German
References #1, #2 and #3 are essential.
The time is always right to do what is right. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tennessee Williams quotes “The longest distance between two places is time” but let’s keep it shorter by using the right hour to communicate!.
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How to improve your culture in mechanical engineering
Mechanical engineering cannot be reduced to academic syllabuses: so many concepts, tricks and tips can only be learned from practitioners or on the field.
Reading of professional literature can very very helpful to get acquainted with the jargon:
I suggest some newspaper and brochures that are freely available and worth being read:
SSAB World to learn a lot about steel
Evolution magazine to learn about bearings
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New Year Greetings
Which relations between maintenance operations and risk management?
This is the question addressed by Mrs Soumia Hadni in her PhD thesis entitled “Maintenance Impact on Safety”. On the one hand, look maintenance reduces the probability of major risk hazard for the process. On the other hand, the inspection/repair/replacement activity induces a specific risk related to the maintenance action . We believe it is worth to estimate both, at least in a rough model.
A summary is available here.
Summer Courses in our Faculty of Engineering
This year, prescription 2 summer courses are organized in the Faculty of Engineering of Mons and should attract international students in our European Capital of Culture. I hope to meet you during this exciting week! Both deal with mechanical engineering as the first deals with the innovation process (neuro-creativity) and the second, case with smart coatings for machine parts and materials. The courses are organized by experts and will include practical workshops.
Art and machines
As the structure of Arne Quinze in Mons suddenly gained additional degrees of freedom to become a mechanism, decease it is pleasant to start the new year with admiration for the inspired works of Panamarenko, Jean Tinguely, and Theo Jansen. “The line between art and engineering exists only in our minds ” – Theo Jansen.
Agoria – No Future without Technology
The General Assembly of the Contracting Group at Agoria was te opportunity to give a speech about Intelligent Maintenance. The discussion that followed led to the conclusion that technology needs favorable economic conditions and more support for STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) jobs and training. Here is the Presentation