19 Free eBooks on Mechanical Engineering

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From mechanical drawing, wave propagation, electric vehicles to turbo machines, vibrations and welding, these free books have ’em all. Enjoy!

Atithya Amaresh


1. OpenSCAD User Manual

Publisher: Wikibooks, 2013
OpenSCAD is a free software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. Unlike most free software for creating 3D models (such as the well-known Blender), OpenSCAD does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modelling, but instead focuses on the CAD aspects.

2. Mechanical Drawing. Elementary and Advanced
Author: John S. Reid

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Publisher: J. Wiley & sons
The work includes courses in Advanced Mechanical Drawing consisting of courses in Advanced isometrical Drawing, Architectural Drawing, Sheet Metal Drafting, Machine Details, and Working Drawings made from freehand sketches of small machine parts.

3. Tribology in Engineering
Author: Hasim Pihtili (ed.)

Publisher: InTech, 2013
The main goal in preparing this book was to publish contemporary concepts, new discoveries and innovative ideas in the field of surface engineering, predominantly for the technical applications, as well as in the field of production engineering.

4. Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught
Author: Joshua Rose

Publisher: Henry Carey Baird & Co.
The object of this book is to enable the beginner to make simple mechanical drawings without the aid of an instructor, and to create an interest in the subject by giving examples such as the machinist meets with in his every-day workshop practice.

5. Wave Propagation: Theories and Applications
Author: Yi Zheng (ed.)

Publisher: InTech, 2013
This book introduces some exciting applications and theories to those who have general interests in waves and wave propagations, and provides insights and references to those who are specialized in the areas presented in the book.

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6. New Generation of Electric Vehicles
Author: Zoran Stevic (ed.)

Publisher: InTech, 2012
The book presents modern technologies applied in the implementation of electric vehicles. Special attention was paid to energy efficiency of EV’s. Also today’s trends, mathematical models and computer design elements of future cars are presented.

7. Welding Processes
Author: Radovan Kovacevic

Publisher: InTech, 2012
Despite the wide availability of literature on welding processes, a need exists to update community on advancements in joining techniques of similar and dissimilar materials, in their numerical modeling, as well as in their sensing and control.

8. Advances on Analysis and Control of Vibrations: Theory and Applications
Author: M.Z. de la Hoz, F. Pozo

Publisher: InTech, 2012
This book is a compendium of research works on vibration analysis and control. It goes through new methodologies that help us understand and mitigate this phenomenon. The applications include vehicle suspension systems, wind turbines, etc.

9. Electric Vehicle Conversion
Publisher: Wikibooks, 2011
An electric vehicle conversion is the modification of an internal combustion engine driven vehicle to battery electric propulsion, creating a battery electric vehicle. The book is a general guide to performing your own conversions.

10. Wind Turbines

Author: T. Al-Shemmeri

Publisher: BookBoon, 2010
This book aims to describe the fundamentals of wind energy and the pertinent parameters that control the amount of energy available from a given wind turbine. The book is complimented by many worked examples of the calculations.

11. Manufacturing Processes and Materials: Exercises
Author: Miltiadis A. Boboulos

Publisher: BookBoon, 2010
The book addresses issues essential to modern manufacturing, ranging from traditional topics such as casting, forming, machining, and joining, to advanced topics such as nanomaterials. Comprehensive coverage of relevant engineering fundamentals.

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12. Fundamentals of Combustion
Author: Joseph M. Powers

Publisher: University of Notre Dame, 2010
Thermodynamics and chemical kinetics of combustion reactions, modeling of reacting fluid mechanical systems, subsonic and supersonic combustion, detailed and one-step kinetics, ignition theory, asymptotic and numerical modeling techniques.

13. CAD-CAM and Rapid Prototyping Application Evaluation
Author: Miltiadis A. Boboulos

Publisher: BookBoon, 2010
The author describes via review, analysis and case studies the state of art in the selection, application and implementation of CAD-CAM systems. New manufacturing technologies that build parts on a layer-by-layer basis are also analyzed.

14. Wind Power
Author: S. M. Muyeen

Publisher: InTech, 2010
The wind energy has the huge potential of becoming a major source of renewable energy for this modern world. Wind power is a clean, emissions-free power generation technology, based on capturing the energy from natural forces.

15. Mechanical Drawing Problems
Author: Edward Berg, Emil Kronquist

Publisher: The Manual Arts Press
This is a collection of progressive problems embodying the fundamental principles and examples of practical mechanical drawing. Topics include procedures in making a drawing, orthographic projection, sectional views, drawing an ellipse and more.

16. Basic Concepts in Turbomachinery
Author: Grant Ingram

Publisher: BookBoon, 2009
This free textbook is intended to complement existing literature by providing more detail on some of the very basics aspects of how turbomachinery operates. A series of problems are provided at the end of each chapter with numerical answers.

17. Mechanical Vibration
Author: Janusz Krodkiewski, 2008
Introduction to the theory of vibrations of mechanical systems. First part, Modelling and Analysis, is devoted to this solution that can be approximated by the linear models. The second part is on experimental investigations.

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18. The Boundary Element Method in Acoustics
Author: Stephen Kirkup

Publisher: Integrated Sound Software, 2007
The book is an introduction to the boundary element method (BEM) and its application to acoustic problems. Software implementing the methods is available. Examples of realistic application illustrate the potential of the BEM in acoustic simulation.

19. Fundamentals of Die Casting Design
Author: Genick Bar

Publisher: Meir, 2000
This book describes the fundamentals of design of the die casting process and die mold/runner. It will be useful for the die casting engineer as well as managers and anyone else who deals with the die casting operations.


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