Machine Designers Reference (CD-ROM in PDF)

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Machine Designers Reference (CD-ROM in PDF)

Machine Designers Reference 

Jennifer Marrs, P.E.

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Designers at all levels of experience need a handy, comprehensive reference that helps them get the job done faster... and better. Machine Designers Reference by J. Marrs fulfills the need, and then some. This hardcover 716-page volume benefits from the author's 20 years of experience as a working mechanical designer. The result is 12 chapters organized in a very practical way (click the TOC button, above). This popular work is packed with essential charts and tables. Here are some of the features:


  • Selection, sizing and tolerances for mechanical parts and assemblies
  • Concise best practices for mechanical design, supported by charts and tables
  • U.S. and metric units are presented for reader convenience
  • Thorough representation of metric hardware


The author's pragmatic intention with Machine Designers Reference is a volume that supports and compliments today's software programs and the Internet links most commonly relied upon by mechanical designers in the field. At the same time, the book is exceptionally useful to mechanical engineering students and fresh graduates seeking to excel at the cirriculum or advance their career in design. Machine Designers Reference complements the coverage offered by standard textbooks in the field. It serves effectively as a bridge between the academic experience and practical design employment in the industry.


Additionally, the CD-ROM enables Adobe Reader navigation via more than a thousand clickable bookmarks, page cross references and index entries. Clicking these takes you instantly to the linked page.


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Jennifer Marrs, P.E., with hand-built JeepJennifer Marrs, P.E., is a mechanical design engineer. For two decades, her focus has been the design and analysis of high-speed assembly machines and related systems. She has also worked as a product designer, manufacturing engineer and forensic engineer. She is pictured here with the off-road vehicle she built by hand, a genuine labor of mechanical love.


When Jennifer initially approached Industrial Press with her extraordinary idea for Machine Designers Reference, she said


"I have an idea for a companion to Machinery's Handbook.... a Toolbox that contains items I've... squirreled away over my years of machine design. These are items that the working machine designer uses just about every day."

Jennifer holds a BSME from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an MSME from Northeastern University, and volunteers with the mechanical engineering programs at both WPI and Dartmouth College. She enjoys her successful consulting practice and is a licensed Professional Engineer throughout New England (click here to visit her website). She is also a registered U.S. patent agent. Her employers and clients include Gillette, Millipore, FujiFilm Dimatix, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Mrs. Marrs is currently on the Executive Committee of her local ASME subsection and holds an international patent.

Machine Designers Reference

The following is a brief excerpt from the CD version of the book. Click here to download and read Chapter 10 plus the full table of contents, biographies and author's introduction, and index.

10.1 Plain Bearings
Plain bearings provide sliding contact between two surfaces. The most common type of plain bearing is the sleeve bearing or bushing. Plain bearings are often chosen over rolling element bearings due to cost or space limitations. They are also more rigid and quieter in operation than rolling element bearings. The main disadvantages of plain bearings are their higher potential to wear (as compared to rolling element bearings) as well as their relative vulnerability to contaminants. This section serves as a general introduction to plain bearings, with a focus on sleeve bearings used in rotary motion applications with boundary lubrication conditions. Please consult the recommended resources for more information and calculation methods for other types of lubrication. Plain bearings used in linear motion applications are discussed in Section 10.3.

Lubrication of Plain Bearings
Plain bearings must be lubricated in order to have long life and low  friction. There are four types of lubrication conditions under which plain bearings are run: hydrostatic lubrication (full film), hydrodynamic lubrication (full film), mixed film lubrication, and boundary lubrication (thin film). Full film lubrication occurs when the lubricant layer between surfaces is thick enough to prevent any surface contact. Boundary lubrication occurs when the lubricant layer is present but not thick enough to prevent contact between surfaces. A graph showing relative coefficients of friction for the different types of lubrication are shown in Figure 10-1. The horizontal axis is a function of lubricant viscosity (Z), journal speed (N), and bearing pressure (P).


Recommended Resources
• R. Mott, Machine Elements in Mechanical Design, 5th Ed., Pearson/Prentice Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2012
• R. L. Norton, Machine Design: An Integrated Approach, 4th Ed., Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2011
• Oberg, Jones, Horton, Ryffel, Machinery’s Handbook, 28th Ed., Industrial Press, New York, NY, 2008

Hydrostatic lubrication is full film lubrication, and occurs when high pressure lubricant is used to force the sliding surfaces apart. Plain bearings with hydrostatic lubrication can accommodate heavy loads at low speeds. Hydrostatic lubrication is normally used in planar or linear bearings rather than in sleeves.

Design of an assembly using hydrostatic lubrication is extremely complex and must focus on lubricant feeding and containment.

Hydrodynamic lubrication is full film lubrication, and is most commonly employed with high-speed rotating shafts in plain sleeve bearings. Bearings with hydrodynamic lubrication are often called journal bearings. A wedge of lubricant is caught between the rotating shaft and bearing surface, providing sufficient pressure to carry the applied load. The shaft rides on a film of oil and does not contact the bearing except during periods of low speed or stasis. Typical coefficients of friction range from 0.002 to 0.010. Oil is typically used as the lubricant, and it must be supplied from a reservoir to maintain hydrodynamic lubrication. The lubricant also cools the bearing, and lubricant leakage and circulation enhances the cooling effect. Lubricant viscosity and temperature are important parameters in hydrodynamic lubrication performance, and temperature control is recommended. Hydrodynamically lubricated bearings go through periods of boundary lubrication during startup and shutdown periods. In light industrial machinery, relatively low speeds and/or intermittent movements mean that boundary lubrication of plain bearings is more common than hydrodynamic lubrication. Hydrodynamically lubricated journal bearings are beyond the scope of this text, but are detailed in the recommended resources.

Figure 10-1: Plain Bearing Lubrication vs. Coefficient of Friction


Chapter 1: Design and Analysis 

  • Design of Machinery Units
  • Equations

Chapter 2: Erogonomics and Machine Safety (Co-written with E. Smith Reed PE) 
  • Ergonomics
  • Machine Safety
  • Machine Safeguarding
  • Other Safety Issues
  • Recommended Resources

Chapter 3: Dimensions & Tolerances 
  • Limits, Fits, and Tolerance Grades
  • Tolerances on Drawings
  • Tolerance Stack-Ups (Written by Charles Gillis PE)

Chapter 4: Precision Locating Techniques (Written by Charles Gillis PE)
Chapter 5: Pins, Keys, and Retaining Rings
Chapter 6: Pipe Threads, Threaded Fasteners, and Washers 
  • Pipe and Port Threads
  • Threaded Fasteners and Washers

Chapter 7: Welds and Weldments
Chapter 8: Materials, Surfaces, and Treatments 
  • Materials
  • Surface Finish
  • Heat Treatment
  • Surface Treatment

Chapter 9: Force Generators
  • Springs
  • Pneumatics
  • Electric Motors

Chapter 10: Bearings 
  • Plain Bearings
  • Rolling Element Bearings
  • Linear Bearings

Chapter 11: Power Transmission Devices 
  • Shafts
  • Shaft Couplings
  • Gears (Written by Gregory Aviza)
  • Gearboxes
  • Belts and Chains
  • Lead, Ball, and Roller Screws

Chapter 12: Machine Reliability & Performance