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Famous Engineers: The 10 Who Changed The World

Naming just 10 of the countless engineers that have had enormous impacts on the world as we know it can be quite difficult. Over the last 100-200 years especially, there have been major advances in technology in all engineering disciplines. Think about it, from the car you drive to work, to the light bulbs and …

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What Do Mechanical Engineers Do? Mechanical Design Engineering Career

Difference Between the Various Types of Engineering “Engineering” is defined as the type of technology and science that includes the design, creation and use of machines, engines and buildings/structures. It is also one of, if not the most lucrative STEM disciplines in the world. Engineering is a very broad term and it covers a vast …

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Top 10 Mechanical Engineering University Courses in the UK

There are so many different elements to mechanical engineering that it is difficult to know where to start. There are modules available in structural materials, thermodynamics, electromechanicals, solid mechanics, thermofluids and the ever popular area of intelligent robotics. In a perfect world a general grounding in mechanical engineering and then a particular focus on one …

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Main Parts of an Airplane and their Functions

Although aircrafts have evolved a lot since the WWI, the major components of an aircraft have remained same.  The location, size and type of the components may vary from a Cessna 172 to Boeing 727, however the primary functionality of the components remains same. Major parts of an Airplane Powerplant Fuselage Wings Empennage Landing gear …

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Check Valves – function, types and selection criteria

Check valves are devices that only allow media to flow in one direction. Due to this, they are often called “one-way” or “non-return” valves. They are two-port valves, which mean they have one inlet and one outlet. They do not require a user or actuator to function, as they work automatically based on the pressure …

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ISO 2768 – A Basic, Simplified Guide

ISO 2768 standard is a creation of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Like for any other standard of this nature, the technical committee was the team behind this work. Other participants in this process were international organizations, governmental organizations, NGOs and other interested parties. This standard, generally titled “General Tolerances”, consists of two parts: …

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French drain design and cost, including pipe, gravel and installation

Since the days of the caveman we have seen the emergence of simple drainage systems. Used as means to reduce flood dangers or improve irrigation the basic design and structure has remained remarkably constant. We will now take a look at the French drain which has been extremely effective for nearly 200 years. What is …

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Planetary Gears – a masterclass for mechanical engineers

I don’t think there is a mechanical engineer out there who doesn’t have a soft spot for gears. There’s just something about spinning bits of metal (or some other material) meshing together that is mesmerizing to watch, while opening up so many possibilities functionally. Particularly mesmerizing are planetary gears, where the gears not only spin, …

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Types of Gears – a guide to 11 important types you must know

Many people might not be aware but there is a whole range of different types of gears on the market today.  Every mechanical engineer must have a basic understanding of the main types of gears that exist. In layman’s terms gears are rotating mechanical elements that are generally used for the purpose of transferring torque …

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Gauge Symmetry for Boneheads – a brief explanation of the fundamentals.

Have you ever wondered why gauge symmetry is synonymous with electromagnetism equations? Anytime the topic comes up, it reminds us of Maxwell’s electrodynamics. Gauge field theories are the characteristic of gauge symmetries. Interestingly, you were most probably taught about these theories if you went through a physics class, albeit unknowingly. In this guide, we will …

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Top 5 Engineering Forums

Engineering forums are amazingly helpful to engineers. Engineering is a very complex practice. Not only does it encompass an immense range of fields or specialisations, but it requires the application of many different disciplines like science, mathematics, and economics. Basically, all practical and technical knowledge can be capitalised by engineering. It involves the invention, innovation, …

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What Is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering is a discipline that applies the principles of engineering, physics, and materials science to the design, analysis, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is an extremely broad discipline due to the need to design and manufacture everything from tiny parts and devices like nano-scale robots and inkjet printer nozzles to large systems like …

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