Engineering Critical thinking

Uniqueness of the resource: Engineering Critical thinking

The resource book on stress and vibration lays a strong foundation in mechanics and material mechanics from a product design perspective. The book aims to build higher order thinking on this solid foundation.

The chapter has 3 chapters devoted to explain the need for advanced learning and critical thinking via several industry examples drawn from space, aero and auto industries. Innnovent’s definition of critical thinking is well illustrated through challenging situations ranging from design to manufacture. Before the advanced structural physics is discussed, a detailed discussion of mathematical methods that are necessary for probabilistic design, sensitivity analysis, vibration analysis, robotics, curve fitting, regression, autocorrelation, power spectral density computation and others are included.

The chapter introduces many advanced concepts in mechanics, such as Euler angles, to enable the candidates address higher challenges such as satellite dynamics. The book also attempts to address incidental aspects such as stability analysis, feedback control systems and disturbing agencies to provide a holistic picture. A devoted chapter on continuum mechanics is introduced to provide clarity on deformation gradient, large strain measures and energetic conjugates. Further, composite mechanics is discussed at length with emphasis on fundamentals such as failure envelopes, stacking best practices and buckling. A chapter on material non-linearity is introduced to provide the insight from simulation perspective. Vibration analysis includes flexural rotodynamic situations and development of Campbell diagram both manually and via code. Concepts of fatigue, creep and fracture are given a practical discussion explaining failure signatures, material and load aspects, effects of temperature etc. A chapter on critical thinking is included with 50 case studies drawn from design, manufacture and thermal science.

Author: HN Ganesha

Pages: 501

Salient features


    100 plus numerical situations that test the critical thinking skills of a young engineer

  • Learning methods are well exemplified with various learning philosophies
  • Challenges of product development are well documented
  • Probabilistic methods are detailed with examples in random vibration fatigue and fracture mechanics
  • A devoted chapter on critical thinking has situations from design, manufacture, measurements and thermal sciences
  • Application of critical thinking on real time situations is well demonstrated
  • Transformation is extensively used in both mechanics and material mechanics
  • Many advanced topics both in mechanics and material mechanics (material non-linearity) are explained lucidly
  • Four mega challenges are included with exhaustive solutions
  • More than 100 engineering notes are provided, summarising the critical aspects of design and providing direction for future investigations
  • A chapter on mathematics involves several topics relevant to FEM
  • FEM is not exclusively dealt with but is naturalised in the book
  • Many advanced situations are numerically solved to give clarity on all facets of a situation
  • Many problems are solved by multiple methods to reinforce the grasp of physics

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