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Mechanical Engineering Principles

2nd Edition

By John Bird, Carl Ross

Routledge – 2012 – 312 pages

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    April 2nd 2012


Mechanical Engineering Principles offers a student-friendly introduction to core engineering topics

This book introduces mechanical principles and technology through examples and applications rather than theory. John Bird and Carl Ross do not assume any previous background in engineering studies, and as such this book can act as a core textbook for several engineering courses. This approach enables students to develop a sound understanding of engineering principles and their use in practice. These theoretical concepts are supported by 320 fully worked problems, nearly 600 further problems with answers, and 276 multiple-choice questions giving the reader a firm grounding on each topic.

The new edition is up to date with the latest BTEC National specifications and can also be used on undergraduate courses in mechanical, civil, structural, aeronautical and marine engineering, together with naval architecture. A chapter has been added at the beginning on revisionary mathematics since progress in engineering studies is not possible without some basic mathematics knowledge. Minor modifications and some further worked problems have also been added throughout the text.

  • Colour layout helps navigation and highlights key points
  • Student-friendly approach with numerous worked problems, multiple-choice and short-answer questions, exercises, revision tests and nearly 400 diagrams
  • Supported with free online material for students and lecturers

Readers will also be able to access the free companion website at: www.routledge/cw/bird where they will find videos of practical demonstrations by Carl Ross. Full worked solutions of all 600 of the further problems will be available for lecturers/instructors use, as will the full solutions and marking scheme for the 8 revision tests.


'This text, as in the case of all texts involving J.Bird, is clear and easy to follow. Topics are developed logically with a surfeit of worked examples and student exercises. Lecturers, to whom I have shown the book, are of the same opinion' Kevin Corner, South Tyneside College

'Excellent up-to-date textbook.' James Goode, Derby College

'A user friendly text supported by a good selection of worked examples at the end of each chapter. The inclusion of Revision tests at the end of each topic area is a welcome feature.' Alun Furzer, Newport and District Group Training Association

'I will be strongly recommending it for our National Diploma groups taking both the BTEC Mechanical Principles and the Further Mechanical Principles Units.' Alan Croker, City of Bristol College

'A very good layout with clear text and many engineering related examples with answers. I have used some of the exercises already and plan to incorporate more next year. I am very pleased with the book in general and will certainly use it and refer students to it next year' John Clare, Stafford College

'Good simply written theory and worked examples for Level 3 Mechanical Principles and Further Mechanical Principles. I very much like the layout of all the books that John Bird has written and they are very relevant to the courses that I teach.' Celia O'Hara, Abingdon and Witney College

'The book is very nicely presented. There is a good section on "revisionary mathematics" which will be useful for year one students who come from many considerably different Maths/Physics backgrounds. It usefully addresses some Thermofluids as well as Solid Mechanics and Dynamics, which does means that it can't go into too much depth on either. This is a very good general text to supplement deeper, more subject specific texts and it will be useful for a large number of courses.' Andrew Little, University of Portsmouth

'Covers all subjects included in the course syllabus for the module: Mechanical Principles and some other subjects that are covered in other modules of the course. The text is clear and unambiguous with lots of examples, both worked or not, for students to practise the methods explained' Robert Golding, Cambridge Regional College

'Bird and Ross do it again. It is a very clearly laid out book which I highly recommend to all engineering students. I like the way the book is broken down into small chunks of learning and with lots of worked examples where the steps have not been too great so the students do not lose their place.' Dr Jasper Graham-Jones, University of Plymouth


1. Revisionary Mathematics Revision Test 1 Revisionary mathematics 2. The effects of forces on materials 3. Tensile testing 4. Forces acting at a point 5. Simply supported beams 6. Forces in structures 7. Bending moment and shear force diagrams 8. First and second moments of area 9. Bending of beams 10. Torque 11. Twisting of shafts 12. Linear and angular motion 13. Linear momentum and impulse 14. Force, mass and acceleration 15. Work, energy and power 16. Friction 17. Motion in a circle 18. Simple harmonic motion 19. Simple machines Revision Test 6 Friction, motion in a circle, simple harmonic motion and simple machines 20. Heat energy and transfer 21. Thermal expansion 22. Hydrostatics 23. Fluid flow 24. Ideal gas laws 25. The measurement of temperature Revision Test 8 Hydrostatics, fluid flow, gas laws and temperature measurement A list of formulae for mechanical engineering principles Greek alphabet Answers to multiple-choice questions Index

Author Bio

John Bird:

Senior Lecturer, HMS Sultan

Author of several highly acclaimed textbooks on engineering and mathematical subjects, John Bird is the former Head of Applied Electronics in the Faculty of Technology at Highbury College, Portsmouth, U.K. More recently, he has combined freelance lecturing at Portsmouth University, with technical writing and Chief Examiner responsibilities for City and Guilds Telecommunication Principles and Mathematics, and examining for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. John Bird is currently a Senior Training Provider at the Royal Naval School of Marine Engineering in the Defence College of Marine and Air Engineering at H.M.S. Sultan, Gosport, Hampshire, U.K. The school, which serves the Royal Navy, is one of Europe’s largest engineering training establishments.

Carl Ross:

Professor of Structural Dynamics, University of Portsmouth, UK

Born in India, Carl Ross studied Naval Architecture, specialising in the stress analysis of pressure vessels. His research has led to a number of advances in submarine technology and he has also published several standard works in the field of structural dynamics. Whilst in college he was the University boxing champion of the British Isles.

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