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This revised edition of an extremely clear Navy training manual leaves nothing to be desired in its presentation. Thorough in its coverage of basic theory, from the lever and inclined plane to internal combustion engines and power trains, it requires nothing more than an understanding of the most elementary mathematics. Beginning with the simplest of machines — the lever — This revised edition of an extremely clear Navy training manual leaves nothing to be desired in its presentation. Thorough in its coverage of basic theory, from the lever and inclined plane to internal combustion engines and power trains, it requires nothing more than an understanding of the most elementary mathematics. Beginning with the simplest of machines — the lever — the text proceeds to discussions of the block and tackle (pulleys and hoists), wheel and axle, the inclined plane and the wedge, the screw, and different types of gears (simple, spur, bevel, herringbone, spiral, worm, etc.). A chapter on the concept of work discusses the measurement of work, friction, and efficiency; this is followed by investigations of power, force, and pressure, with explanations of the uses of scales, balances, gauges, and barometers. The fundamentals of hydrostatic and hydraulic machines (such as the hydraulic braking system and the hydraulic press) are discussed in detail. The remaining chapters cover machine elements (bearings and springs), basic mechanisms (gear differential, couplings, cams, clutches), the internal combustion engine and power trains (including explanations of various transmission systems — synchromesh, auxiliary, etc.). Every concept is clearly defined, and discussions always build easily from elementary theory to specific applications familiar to anyone with the slightest interest in mechanics. Important concepts, machine components, and techniques are clearly illustrated in more than 200 diagrams, drawings, and cross-sections that reveal inner workings — all of these help to clarify even further an already clear and well-organized presentation. Although it was originally designed for use in U.S. Naval Training Schools, this book can be used to great advantage as a basic text in mechanical engineering in standard technical schools, and it will be immensely valuable even to lay readers who desire a basic knowledge of mechanics.


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This revised edition of an extremely clear Navy training manual leaves nothing to be desired in its presentation. Thorough in its coverage of basic theory, from the lever and inclined plane to internal combustion engines and power trains, it requires nothing more than an understanding of the most elementary mathematics. Beginning with the simplest of machines — the lever — This revised edition of an extremely clear Navy training manual leaves nothing to be desired in its presentation. Thorough in its coverage of basic theory, from the lever and inclined plane to internal combustion engines and power trains, it requires nothing more than an understanding of the most elementary mathematics. Beginning with the simplest of machines — the lever — the text proceeds to discussions of the block and tackle (pulleys and hoists), wheel and axle, the inclined plane and the wedge, the screw, and different types of gears (simple, spur, bevel, herringbone, spiral, worm, etc.). A chapter on the concept of work discusses the measurement of work, friction, and efficiency; this is followed by investigations of power, force, and pressure, with explanations of the uses of scales, balances, gauges, and barometers. The fundamentals of hydrostatic and hydraulic machines (such as the hydraulic braking system and the hydraulic press) are discussed in detail. The remaining chapters cover machine elements (bearings and springs), basic mechanisms (gear differential, couplings, cams, clutches), the internal combustion engine and power trains (including explanations of various transmission systems — synchromesh, auxiliary, etc.). Every concept is clearly defined, and discussions always build easily from elementary theory to specific applications familiar to anyone with the slightest interest in mechanics. Important concepts, machine components, and techniques are clearly illustrated in more than 200 diagrams, drawings, and cross-sections that reveal inner workings — all of these help to clarify even further an already clear and well-organized presentation. Although it was originally designed for use in U.S. Naval Training Schools, this book can be used to great advantage as a basic text in mechanical engineering in standard technical schools, and it will be immensely valuable even to lay readers who desire a basic knowledge of mechanics.

30 review for Basic Machines and How They Work

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jirawat

    There are 2 main parts of a machine the lever and the inclined plate. This book makes machinery sound like an easy topic. There is a lot of formula that is used in engineering and most of them are physics formulas. In order for us to understand fully, it would take some time but because this book provides you with the formula and examples it made it easier for me to understand. This book sparked my interest in engineering and makes me want to proceed on to do more research.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cody Hoeffel

    This was written for the navy as a brief textbook on the workings of the basic machinery from levers to gears,. The book provides crystal clear illustrations and simple explanations of the math. If you're studying mechanical engineering or are interested in learning how some of the most fundamental machines around you work, and how to calculate their functions. This was written for the navy as a brief textbook on the workings of the basic machinery from levers to gears,. The book provides crystal clear illustrations and simple explanations of the math. If you're studying mechanical engineering or are interested in learning how some of the most fundamental machines around you work, and how to calculate their functions.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rick Sam

    A Great Introduction to Basic Machines, it builds up slowly and ends with Powertrains. --Deus Vult Gottfried.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Has a great description of hydraulic systems.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    An excellent primer on basic machinery with straightforward and easy to understand explanations, wonderfully detailed yet easy to read diagrams, and no fluff or drama. I am learning things I always wanted to learn. Alignment of pistons and their firing order, the difference in strokes, the formulas for calculating different forces—all here. Air pressure and water pressure and their uses in naval machinery, all here. Oh, a minor point of note, this book is published by the US Navy for use by the An excellent primer on basic machinery with straightforward and easy to understand explanations, wonderfully detailed yet easy to read diagrams, and no fluff or drama. I am learning things I always wanted to learn. Alignment of pistons and their firing order, the difference in strokes, the formulas for calculating different forces—all here. Air pressure and water pressure and their uses in naval machinery, all here. Oh, a minor point of note, this book is published by the US Navy for use by the navy. That explains a lot about why the book is so darn utilitarian and practical.

  6. 4 out of 5

    CoolBreeze1978

    My grandpfather would be proud that I read this book. It covers the basics and provides enough knowledge on the subject that you won't have to read much more about machines to understand them. This is a book for novices, and a decent one. My grandpfather would be proud that I read this book. It covers the basics and provides enough knowledge on the subject that you won't have to read much more about machines to understand them. This is a book for novices, and a decent one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lafcadio

    The way things work, only without all the pesky mammoths and humor.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    621.8 B3115 1997

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