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What is mechanical engineering? What a mechanical engineering does? How did the mechanical engineering switch via a long time? what's the way forward for mechanical engineering? This ebook solutions those questions in a lucid demeanour. It additionally offers a short chronological heritage of landmark occasions and solutions questions corresponding to: while used to be steam engine invented? the place was once first CNC computer constructed? whilst did the period of additive production begin? whilst did the wedding of mechanical and electronics provide beginning to self-discipline of mechatronics? This publication informs and create curiosity on mechanical engineering within the common public and specific in scholars. It additionally is helping to sensitize the engineering fraternity concerning the ancient facets of engineering. whilst, it presents a typical feel wisdom of mechanical engineering in a convenient manner.

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No matter how small, there is a contact area. 1 shows a simple wheel of weight W that rolls along a surface (without slipping) due to the pulling force F. The deformation of the contact surface is exaggerated. The resultant force applied by the ground on to the wheel is N, which is inclined at an angle / from the surface, but passes through the center of wheel for maintaining the equilibrium. It is Fig. 1 A rolling wheel r F W a N 18 2 Landmark Revolutionary Inventions in Mechanical Engineering to be noted that the resultant force due to the ground has line of action toward the leading side of the moving wheel.

In 1929, the largest plane until then with 48-m-long wings made a flight with 169 passengers, which was a record that stayed intact for 20 years. The development of jet engine was initiated in 1930 when Frank Whittle demonstrated his high-velocity propulsion jet with a gas turbine and a centrifugal compressor in 1930. The first jet aircraft called Heinkel was developed in Germany in 1939 (Garrison 1999). Helicopters were developed in Germany in 1941 during World War II. Simultaneously, design of rockets also improved with the innovation of jet propulsion and advances in fluid dynamics.

The idea of wheels with spokes led to the construction of lighter wheels. Spokes are the radial rods joining the wheel center to the outer wheel ring. In 2000 BC, the first wheel with spokes was invented in Egypt and used in chariots. From the ancient paintings and cave arts, it can be assumed that spoked wheels were used in toy carts and vehicles in Caucasus region, Central Europe, China, Indus Valley, and northwestern India around 2000 BC. html). A rim is the outer circular ring wound around a wheel attached to the outer ends of the spokes.

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