Sources for engineering data on parts and materials.

Materials Selection in Mechanical Design

Materials Selection in Mechanical Design

Michael Ashby presents materials information in a practical format in his book Materials Selection in Mechanical Design.

Materials Selection in Mechanical Design

Materials Selection in Mechanical Design

This is a link to lecture notes that give an idea of his approach:
http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/cme/pdfs/443ashbylectures2006.pdf

Timing Belt Theory

Timing belt theory

ThomasNet provides a link to a useful white paper on Timing Belt Theory by Gates-Mectrol:

http://www.thomasnet.com/white-papers/abstract/101106/timing-belt-theory.html

Geometric data on timing belt drives can found in the catalog linked to Gates-Mectrol home page:

http://www.gatesmectrol.com/

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Gearing

Gear geometry

Gear geometry data is available from PIC Design Inc. which is now part of RBC Bearings at the link:

http://pic-designcatalog.com/Images/pdfcat/section_12.pdf

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Stock Drive Products provides an on-line Handbook of Gears at the website:

http://www.sdp-si.com/products/Gears/Index.php

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The Gleason Gear has a lot of useful information:

http://www.gleason.com

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The American Gear Manufacturers Association provides standards for sale on-line at the site:

https://www.agma.org/standards/.

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Colorado Videos

Mechanisms videos at Colorado State

Prof. David Alciatore has a large number of videos illustrating machines, physics principles and billiards, including high speed videos.  Video demonstrations of mechanisms can be found at the following site as well as links to much more:

http://video_demos.colostate.edu/mechanisms/index.html

Fasteners

Machine screw dimensions

According to Shigley and Mischke’s Mechanical Engineering Design (McGraw-Hill 1989) experiments show that the tensile stress supported by a threaded rod equals that of a rod with diameter that is the mean of pitch and minor diameters of the threads.  Thus, the tensile stress area of a threaded fastener is computed from the average of its pitch and minor diameters.

  • Little machine shop provides downloadable lists for tap and clearance holes:  tapdrillsizes.pdf
  • And large listing of fasteners can be found at SmithFast.

 

Diesel Engine Animation

Diesel Engine Animations

This are two animation of the operation of a diesel engine.  The first focuses on the four stroke cycle. The second start with the turbo-charger, and makes its way through the engine.

Engine Animation

Engine Animation

This YouTube animation shows the animated assembly of a solid model of a four-cylinder engine.  It interesting just to see the number of fasteners, but it is worth waiting for the animation of the four-stroke cycle that occurs about two-thirds through.