Chapter 1 : Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
“Mechanical engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with forces and motion.”
Topics covered in this snack-sized chapter:
Mechanical engineers apply the principles of mechanics, materials and energy to design machines and devices.
- It includes designing, analyzing, developing, and maintaining mechanical systems.
The study of forces acting on physical bodies is known as Mechanics.
Thermodynamics is the study of transformations of energy.
Mechatronics is a design process that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, control engineering and computer engineering.
Mechanical Engineering field requires an understanding of core concepts including:
- Fluid mechanics and fluid dynamics
- Manufacturing engineering, technology, or processes
- Hydraulics and pneumatics
- Mechatronics and control theory
- Drafting, computer-aided design (CAD)
Mechanical Engineering is one of the oldest Engineering branch just behind Civil Engineering.
The development of the steam engine in late 17th
century provided power to fuel the Industrial Revolution.
James Watt developed a steam piston engine in 1775.
Stirling engine was developed in 1816.
- Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)
The Otto cycle engine was developed in 1876 by Nikolaus August .This engine has four stroke cycles.
Diesel Engine was invented by Rudolf Diesel in 1893.
- It uses temperature difference to produce mechanical work.
Depending upon the nature of the body involved, it can be further divided into-
- The Diesel engine has the lowest specific fuel consumption of any large internal combustion engine.
The Mechanics of Solids or Rigid Bodies is sub-divided into two branches:
Statics is the branch of mechanics under which we study the effect of forces on rigid bodies which are at rest and remain at rest or have uniform motion.
Such bodies are said to be in equilibrium.
Dynamics is the branch of mechanics under which we study the effect of forces and motion of rigid bodies.
It may be classified as following:
- Kinetics - It is the study of relationship between the forces and the resulting motion.
Young's Modulus is the ratio of tensile stress to tensile strain.
- Kinematics - It is the study of motion of the body without any reference to the force causing motion or forces produced as a result of the motion.
- Young's modulus has units of pressure.
The numbers in the above graph represents following:
Calculation of Young’s Modulus:
Young's modulus can be calculated by dividing the tensile stress by the tensile strain in the elastic (initial, linear) portion of the stress-strain curve:
is the Young's modulus.
is the force exerted on the object under tension.
is the original cross-sectional area through which the force is applied.
- is the amount by which the length of the object changes (.
It is the study of liquids and gases i.e. fluids at rest or in motion.
Fluids can be classified as compressible or incompressible.
If the density of the fluid varies with temperature & pressure, fluid is said to be compressible.
A free body diagram, also called a force diagram, is a pictorial representation often used by physicists and engineers to analyze the forces acting on a body of interest.
A free body diagram to show all the forces acting on a body is given below:
is the original length of the object.
A Truss is a structure comprising one or more triangular units constructed with straight members whose ends are connected at joints referred to as nodes.
Bridges, roof supports, derricks, and other such structures are common example of trusses.
- External forces and reactions to those forces are considered to act only at the nodes and result in forces in the members which are either tensile or compressive forces.
- A Plane Truss is one where all the members and nodes lie within a two dimensional plane or single plane.
- Basic element of a plane truss is triangle.
- The commonly used examples of plane trusses are Pratt, Howe, Warren, Baltimore, and Fink Trusses etc.
- A Space Frame Truss is a three-dimensional framework of members pinned at their ends.
- A tetrahedron shape is the simplest space truss, consisting of six members which meet at four joints.
Space frame truss
Total work done by the external forces when virtual displacements are made in ‘n’ particle system, is known as virtual work.
If a particle, rigid body, or a system of rigid bodies which is in equilibrium under various forces is given an arbitrary virtual displacement, the net work done by the external forces during that displacement is zero.
be the applied force and fi
be the constraint force acting on i
particle, the net force acting on the system is
- If dri
is the virtual displacement, the work done on the system is:
When system is in equilibrium,
- The virtual displacements dri
are such that the constraint forces do no work ().
The condition for static equilibrium is that the virtual work done by all the applied forces should vanish, provided the virtual work done by all the constraint forces vanishes. This is called the principle of virtual work.
The research in applied Mechanics has wide applications in many departments of engineering like:
Material Science and engineering
Structure and Bioengineering