29 Mechanical Engineering

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Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (AMM)

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Mechanical Engineering (MCG)

Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance, 3rd ed.∗

James F. Marchman III (Virginia Tech)


Licence: CC BY 4.0

Intended for undergraduates, this text provides “stand-alone” coverage of basic, subsonic, aircraft performance preceded by an introduction to the basics of aerodynamics that will provide a background sufficient to the understanding of the subjects to be studied in aircraft performance.

Formats: Pressbooks webbook, PDF, and EPUB

Suggested for:
MCG 4345 Aerodynamics [esp. for first part of the course]


All Things Flow: Fluid Mechanics for the Natural Sciences

William D. Smyth (Oregon State University)


Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

The textbook covers fundamentals of basic flow processes, emphasizing on vortices, waves and hydraulic jumps.

Format: PDF

Includes: Homework exercises

Suggested for:
MCG 3340 Fluid Mechanics I
MCG 3341 Fluid Mechanics II


A Guide to MATLAB for ME 160

Austin Bray and Reza Montazami (Iowa State University)


Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

This textbook provides an introduction to the MATLAB programming language for first-year mechanical engineering students enrolled in ME 160. Designed to follow the content taught in class, this book provides a supplement to in-class learning that is presented at a level that is understandable to a student with no coding experience.

Formats: Pressbooks webbook, EPUB, and PDF

Suggested for:
MCG 1100 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering


Intermediate Fluid Mechanics∗

James Liburdy (Oregon State University)


Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

This book is meant to be a second course in fluid mechanics that stresses applications dealing with external potential flows and intermediate viscous flows. Students are expected to have some background in some of the fundamental concepts of the definition of a fluid, hydrostatics, use of control volume conservation principles, initial exposure to the Navier-Stokes equations, and some elements of flow kinematics, such as streamlines and vorticity. It is not meant to be an in-depth study of potential flow or viscous flow, but is meant to expose students to additional analysis techniques for both of these categories of flows. We will see applications to aerodynamics, with analysis methods able to determine forces on arbitrary bodies. We will also examine some of the exact solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations based on classical fluid mechanics. Finally, we will explore the complexities of turbulent flows and how for boundary layer flows one can predict drag forces. This compilation is drafted from notes used in the course Intermediate Fluid Mechanics, offered to seniors and first-year graduate students who have a background in mechanical engineering or a closely related area.

Formats: Pressbooks webbook, EPUB, and PDF

Suggested for:
MCG 3341 Fluid Mechanics II


Introduction to Linear, Time-Invariant, Dynamic Systems for Students of Engineering∗

William L. Hallauer, Jr. (Virginia Tech)


Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

The textbook covers the dynamic behavior of physical systems, with some emphasis on simple mechanical and electrical systems representative of or analogous to those often encountered in aerospace and mechanical engineering.

Format: PDF

Includes: Homework problems

Reviews: Open Textbook Library

Suggested for:
MCG 3306 System Dynamics
MCG 3307 Control Systems
MCG 4107 Dynamics II
MCG 4308 Mechanical Vibration Analysis


Lectures on Continuum Physics∗

Krishna Garikipati (University of Michigan) 

Revised June 2014

Licence: CC BY-NC 3.0

The roughly 130 segments have been organized into 13 units, each of which may be a chapter in a book. The first 10 units are standard fare from the continuum mechanics courses taught at University of Michigan. The next three units are on thermomechanics, variational principles and mass transport-subjects.

Formats: Video and PDF

Includes: Full video with assignments

Suggested for:
MCG 5105 Continuum Mechanics


Materials Science and Engineering∗

Joshua Paul Steimel (University of the Pacific)


Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (Note: assigning sections is permitted, but adaptations are not allowed without permission)

This text serves to provide a brief overview of some of the myriad of topics available for study in the field of Materials Science. This is by no means a comprehensive compilation of Materials Science and Engineering topics but is instead meant as an introduction to the topic for entry-level undergraduates who want to pursue a career studying materials. It covers the structure of common material types, defects, phase diagrams, and polymers.

Format: PDF

Suggested for:
MCG 2141 Biological and Engineering Materials I
MCG 2142 Biological and Engineering Materials II
MCG 2360 Engineering Materials I
MCG 2361 Engineering Materials II


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