Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mechanical Engineering - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Mechanical Engineering. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Basic Machines and How They Work

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mechanical Engineering - August 2021

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.

  • Author: Naval Education And Training Program
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised (1994) edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0486217093
  • Dimensions: 6.38 x 0.26 x 9.34 inches


2. Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mechanical Engineering - August 2021

Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning is focused on closing the gap from students to technicians with our commitment to top-quality coverage of fundamentals and the latest technology. This classic is an excellent blend of theory, skill development, and service techniques to help you learn how to install and service refrigeration and HVAC systems. Technical content has never been more up-to-date. A logical and progressive organization, rich learning pedagogy and features, a superior art program, and readability contribute to Modern Refrigeration and Air C onditioning’s highly accessible nature. This edition has been revised with improved instructional design to help teach and retain students. Included are improved assessments and enhanced content on fundamentals such as electrical theory and troubleshooting. Relevant career and workplace readiness content prepares students for a successful career in the HVACR industry.

  • Author: Andrew D. Althouse
  • Publisher: Goodheart-Willcox; Twenty first Edition, Revised, Textbook (October 29, 2019)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1635638776
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.94 x 10.88 inches


3. Machinery's Handbook Toolbox

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mechanical Engineering - August 2021

For more than 100 years,  Machinery's Handbook has been the most popular reference work in metalworking, design, engineering and manufacturing facilities, and technical schools and colleges throughout the world. It is universally acknowledged as an extraordinarily authoritative, comprehensive, and practical tool, providing its users with the most fundamental and essential aspects of sophisticated manufacturing practice. The 31st edition of the “Bible of the Metalworking Industries” contains major revisions of existing content, as well as new material on a variety of topics. It is the essential reference for mechanical, manufacturing, and industrial engineers, designers, draftsmen, toolmakers, machinists, engineering and technology students, and the serious home hobbyist. New to the 31st Edition: Expanded metrology section, including v-blocks and micrometer, vernier, and dial calipers. New fluid power section covering pneumatic,hydraulic, and vacuum theory and applications. New powder metallurgy section, including additive manufacturing. Even more useful specs, including tap drill sizes for Unified threads, reaming allowances for  drilling, mesh and grit sizes, rules for figuring tapers, and assembly with pins and studs. Recently added information on sheet metal and presses, keys and keyways, shaft alignment, taps and tapping, helical coil screw thread inserts, metric screw threads, miniature screws, fluid mechanics, solid geometry, statistics,  calculating hole coordinates and thread dimensions, and distinguishing between bolts and screws. Plus . . . Many thoroughly reworked and renovated sections throughout.  Comprehensive tables of  contents at the beginning of each section and extensive indexing. Hundreds of new and thousands of refined and redone illustrations and equations. Updated standards. Expanded metric content.

  • Author: Erik Oberg
  • Publisher: Industrial Press, Inc.; Thirty-first edition (March 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0831137311
  • Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.8 x 7 inches


4. Mechanical Engineering for Makers: A Hands-on Guide to Designing and Making Physical Things

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mechanical Engineering - August 2021

This practical, user-friendly reference book of common mechanical engineering concepts is geared toward makers who don't have (or want) an engineering degree but need to know the essentials of basic mechanical elements to successfully accomplish their personal projects. The book provides practical mechanical engineering information (supplemented with the applicable math, science, physics, and engineering theory) without being boring like a typical textbook. Most chapters contain at least one hands-on, fully illustrated, step-by-step project to demonstrate the topic being discussed and requires only common, inexpensive, easily sourced materials and tools. Some projects also provide alternative materials and tools and processes to align with the reader's individual preferences, skills, tools, and materials-at-hand. Linked together via the authors' overarching project -- building a kid-sized tank -- the chapters describe the thinking behind each mechanism and then expands the discussions to similar mechanical concepts in other applications. Written with humor, a bit of irreverence, and entertaining personal insights and first-hand experiences, the book presents complex concepts in an uncomplicated way. Highlights include: Provides mechanical engineering information that includes math, science, physics and engineering theory without being a textbook Contains hands-on projects in each chapter that require common, inexpensive, easily sourced materials and tools All hands-on projects are fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions Some hands-on projects provide alternative materials and tools/processes to align with the reader's individual preferences, skills, tools and materials-at-hand Includes real-world insights from the authors like tips and tricks ("Staying on Track") and fail moments ("Lost Track!") Many chapters contain a section ("Tracking Further") that dives deeper into the chapter subject, for those readers that are interested in more details of the topic Builds on two related Make: projects to link and illustrate all the chapter topics and bring individual concepts together into one system Furnishes an accompanying website that offers further information, illustrations, projects, discussion boards, videos, animations, patterns, drawings, etc. Learn to effectively use professional mechanical engineering principles in your projects, without having to graduate from engineering school!

  • Author: Brian Bunnell
  • Publisher: Make Community, LLC; 1st edition (February 4, 2020)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Mathematics
  • ISBN: 978-1680455878
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 9.4 inches


5. Gears and Gear Cutting for Home Machinists (Fox Chapel Publishing) Practical, Hands-On Guide to Designing and Cutting Gears Inexpensively on a Lathe or Milling Machine; Simple, Non-Technical Language

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mechanical Engineering - August 2021

This practical, hands-on guide will assist anyone who wants to cut gears inexpensively on a lathe or milling machine. Learn the fundamentals needed to design your own gears and gear trains Understand the complexity of gears and how to machine them, in a very clearly presented and easy to understand way Plain and simple, non-technical language , with the mathematics kept to the simplest form Information on tooth forms & sizes , rack & pinion gears, bevel wheels, making gear cutters, and more Well-illustrated with concise technical diagrams and photos Gears in one form or another are a part of most mechanisms, but they are by no means as simple as they appear! Gears & Gear Cutting for Home Machinists is a practical, hands-on guide for anyone who wants to cut gears inexpensively on a lathe or milling machine. This insightful book teaches the fundamentals needed to design gears and gear trains using plain, simple, non-technical language that keeps the level of mathematics down to its simplest form. The 12 comprehensive chapters cover all the questions raised by enthusiasts who have watched the author, Ivan Law, demonstrate gear-cutting techniques at exhibitions throughout Britain, where his advice on engineering matters is consistently sought. Packed with information on tooth forms and sizes, rack and pinion gears, bevel wheels, worm gears, making gear cutters, and more, Gears & Gear Cutting for Home Machinists is thoughtfully illustrated with concise technical diagrams and photographs.

  • Author: Ivan Law
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; First edition (April 9, 2018)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crafts & Hobbies
  • ISBN: 978-1565239173
  • Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches


6. Audel Millwrights and Mechanics Guide

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mechanical Engineering - August 2021

The hardcover, fully updated edition of the only multi-craft trade guide Respected by generations of skilled workers, Audel Millwright's and Mechanic's Guide is the only trade manual to cover maintenance and troubleshooting for all the mechanical trades in a single volume. Now available in hardcover, it covers the newest equipment on shop floors as well as older machinery, sometimes more than 30 years old, for which little maintenance and repair information remains available. Millwrights, mechanics, machinists, carpenters, pipe fitters, electricians, engineers, and those who supervise them will find this book invaluable. The only hardcover maintenance and repair manual to cover all the mechanical trades in one guide This updated guide covers new industrial machinery as well as 30-year-old equipment for which little information can be found Essential for those who repair machinery as well as machinists, carpenters, pipe fitters, electricians, millwrights, mechanics, engineers, mechanical technicians, industrial maintenance managers, and construction tradespeople This hardcover edition of Audel Millwright's and Mechanic's Guide is as valuable to today's skilled workers as previous editions were to their fathers and grandfathers.

  • Author: Thomas B. Davis
  • Publisher: Audel; 5th edition (January 2, 2004)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-0764541711
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.7 x 8.2 inches


7. Step by Step passing the EPA 608 certification exam

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mechanical Engineering - August 2021

A guide to passing the EPA 608 refrigeration exam, including the Core, Type I, Type II, Type III, and universal exams. Also includes practice questions that have been known to be on the test. Setup to be a guide to help HVAC technicians or anyone who needs to pass the EPA 608 refrigeration exam.

  • Author: H. Benetti
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 1, 2014)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1497384347
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.09 x 9 inches


8. Flight Theory and Aerodynamics: A Practical Guide for Operational Safety

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mechanical Engineering - August 2021

The pilot's guide to aeronautics and the complex forces of flight Flight Theory and Aerodynamics is the essential pilot's guide to the physics of flight, designed specifically for those with limited engineering experience. From the basics of forces and vectors to craft-specific applications, this book explains the mechanics behind the pilot's everyday operational tasks. The discussion focuses on the concepts themselves, using only enough algebra and trigonometry to illustrate key concepts without getting bogged down in complex calculations, and then delves into the specific applications for jets, propeller crafts, and helicopters. This updated third edition includes new chapters on Flight Environment, Aircraft Structures, and UAS-UAV Flight Theory, with updated craft examples, component photos, and diagrams throughout. FAA-aligned questions and regulatory references help reinforce important concepts, and additional worked problems provide clarification on complex topics. Modern flight control systems are becoming more complex and more varied between aircrafts, making it essential for pilots to understand the aerodynamics of flight before they ever step into a cockpit. This book provides clear explanations and flight-specific examples of the physics every pilot must know. Review the basic physics of flight Understand the applications to specific types of aircraft Learn why takeoff and landing entail special considerations Examine the force concepts behind stability and control As a pilot, your job is to balance the effects of design, weight, load factors, and gravity during flight maneuvers, stalls, high- or low-speed flight, takeoff and landing, and more. As aircraft grow more complex and the controls become more involved, an intuitive grasp of the physics of flight is your most valuable tool for operational safety. Flight Theory and Aerodynamics is the essential resource every pilot needs for a clear understanding of the forces they control.

  • Author: Charles E. Dole
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 3rd edition (November 21, 2016)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1119233404
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 1 x 9.4 inches


9. The Pipe Fitter's and Pipe Welder's Handbook, Revised Edition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mechanical Engineering - August 2021

Explains mathematical calculations and technical methods for the pipe fitter and welder and provides relevant reference tables

  • Author: Thomas W. Frankland
  • Publisher: Glencoe; Revised edition (March 1, 1984)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-0028025001
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 3.75 inches


10. Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics (Graduate Texts in Mathematics, Vol. 60) (Graduate Texts in Mathematics, 60)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Mechanical Engineering - August 2021

This book constructs the mathematical apparatus of classical mechanics from the beginning, examining basic problems in dynamics like the theory of oscillations and the Hamiltonian formalism. The author emphasizes geometrical considerations and includes phase spaces and flows, vector fields, and Lie groups. Discussion includes qualitative methods of the theory of dynamical systems and of asymptotic methods like averaging and adiabatic invariance.

  • Author: V. I. Arnold
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd edition (May 16, 1989)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0387968902
  • Dimensions: 6.14 x 1.19 x 9.21 inches