In MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, NOT JUST ABOUT GEARS, structural failure expert witness Philip J. O’Keefe, PE, MLE, writes:
Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest of engineering disciplines. It encompasses a broad number of disciplines, from physics to materials science, including:
Fluid Mechanics: The study of the force, pressure, and energy of stationary and moving fluids. Fluid mechanics also includes the study of aerodynamics.
Heat Transfer: The study of how heat moves through vacuum, gases, liquids, and solid objects.
Vibrations: The study of balancing moving parts in machines to smooth out operation, reduce wear, and prevent failure.
Machine Design: The study of accepted design conventions for gears, pulleys, drive belts, drive chains, sprockets, bearings, axles, shafts, hoist cables, screws, bolts, rivets, and welds.
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