Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, Print (Hardcover)

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Copyright: 2013
Page Count: 1,488
Format: Hardcover
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11
  • Michael R. Lindeburg, PE

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    Michael R. Lindeburg, PE, is one of the best-known authors of engineering textbooks and references. His books and courses have influenced millions of engineers around the world. Since 1975, he has authored over 30 engineering reference and exam preparation books. He has spent thousands of hours teaching engineering to students and practicing engineers. He holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in industrial engineering from Stanford University.


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    Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, Print (Hardcover), 13th Edition

    Comprehensive Mechanical Engineering Coverage You Can Trust

    The Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual is the most comprehensive textbook for the Mechanical PE exam. This book’s time-tested organization and clear explanations start with the basics to help you quickly get up to speed on common mechanical engineering concepts. Together, the 76 chapters provide an in-depth review of NCEES Mechanical PE exam topics. The extensive index contains thousands of terms, most indexed in a variety of ways, in anticipation of how you’ll search for them.

    Features of the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual:

    • over 120 appendices containing essential support material

    • over 375 clarifying example problems

    • thousands of equations, figures, and tables

    • industry-standard terminology and nomenclature

    • equal support of U.S. customary and SI units

    After you pass your exam, the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual will continue to serve as an invaluable reference throughout your mechanical engineering career.

    Topics Covered:

    • Dynamics and Vibrations: Kinematics; Kinetics; Power Transmission Systems; Vibrating Systems 

    • Materials: Engineering Materials Properties and Testing; Thermal Treatment of Metals 

    • Fluids: Fluid Properties; Fluid Statics; Fluid Flow Parameters; Fluid Dynamics; Hydraulic Machines

    • Power Cycles: Vapor, Combustion, and Nuclear Power Cycles; Refrigeration and Gas Compression Cycles

    • HVAC: Psychrometrics; Fans, Ductwork, and Ventilation; Heating and Cooling Loads; Air Conditioning Systems

    • Heat Transfer: Natural Convection; Evaporation; Condensation; Forced Convection; Radiation 

    • Machine Design: Basic and Advanced Machine Design; Pressure Vessels 

    • Thermodynamics: Inorganic Chemistry; Fuels and Combustion; Properties of Substances

    • Control Systems: Modeling and Analysis of Engineering Systems 

    • Plant Engineering: Manufacturing Processes; Instrumentation and Measurements; Materials Handling and Processing; Fire Protection Systems; Environmental Pollutants and Remediation; Hazardous Material Storage and Disposal 

    • Fundamentals: Math Review; Probability; Statics; Engineering Economic Analysis

    • Law and Ethics: Engineering Law; Ethics 

    What’s New in This Edition

    • 36 chapters with new material, and 46 chapters with revisions to existing material

    • 300 new equations, and 128 updated equations

    • 27 new tables, and 31 updated tables

    • 7 new examples, and 34 updated examples

    • 10 new appendices, and 27 updated appendices

    • 35 new figures, and 28 updated figures

    • 1,094 new index entries, and 108 updated index entries




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    Customer Reviews (View All - 33)

    Tips to pass the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam Review by Amazon Customer
    I passed the October 2015 Mechanical Engineering PE exam (I chose to take the Mechanical Systems and Materials in the afternoon), and I would like to share with you how I prepared for the exam. I did not enroll in a course, but I used the following four resources, all purchased on Amazon:
    (1) Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 13th Ed
    (2) PE Exam Review for Mechanical Systems and Materials: PE Review Book for ME
    (3) PE Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical Systems and Materials Practice Exam
    (4) Six-Minute Solutions for Mechanical PE Exam Mechanical Systems and Materials Problems, 2nd Ed

    The first of these four resources, of which this review concerns, is by far the most essential. I repeatedly used Lindeburg's Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual during the actual test. While the other three resources were helpful, and I recommend that you purchase and use them, the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual was by far the most helpful. Most of the chapters contain material that is "fair game" on the exam. You can compare what the exam covers versus the chapters in this book. You will notice that some chapters contain material that is no longer covered on the exam. I skipped these chapters. For the chapters that did contain material on the exam (which was a majority of the book), I read them completely, and I worked through all examples. Most example problems have solutions in both S.I. and U.S. systems, and this is helpful because the exam can use either system. I switched back and forth: if I solved one example problem using S.I., then I would solve the next using the U.S. system. Furthermore, to get extra studying time, I studied during my lunch break at work. I ate for about 15 minutes and studied for about 45 minutes. If you do this 5 days per week, then that is an extra 3.75 hours of study per week that you did not have to do at home. Plus, when you bring a really big book to work and read it, people will look and think you look really smart.

    I will also review the other three resources listed in this review. In my opinion, the afternoon exam is orders of magnitude harder than the morning exam, so prepare for the afternoon exam even more than the morning exam. Best of luck, I wish you well! (Posted on 2/26/2016)

    easy to use index (can print the index separately from ... Review by Amazon Customer
    Used this book (and ONLY this book + a unit conversion book) for the October 2014 Mechanical PE exam and passed. Logically laid out, easy to use index (can print the index separately from the author's website for free to avoid flipping back to the back constantly). Included everything I found myself looking for. (Posted on 12/11/2015)

    Worth It Review by Customer
    An absolute must for preparing for the PE exam. I know it's expensive, but I cannot imagine trying to take the exam without it. (Posted on 5/5/2015)