Engineering Problem-Solving 101: Time-Tested and Timeless Techniques / Edition 1

Engineering Problem-Solving 101: Time-Tested and Timeless Techniques / Edition 1

by Robert Messler
     
 

MASTER UNIVERSAL ENGINEERING PROBLEM-SOLVING TECHNIQUES

Advance your engineering skills and become a capable, confident problem solver by learning the wide array of tools, processes, and tactics employed in the field. Going far beyond "plug-and-chug" solutions, this multidisciplinary guide explains the underlying scientific principles, provides detailed

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MASTER UNIVERSAL ENGINEERING PROBLEM-SOLVING TECHNIQUES

Advance your engineering skills and become a capable, confident problem solver by learning the wide array of tools, processes, and tactics employed in the field. Going far beyond "plug-and-chug" solutions, this multidisciplinary guide explains the underlying scientific principles, provides detailed engineering analysis,
and lays out versatile problem-solving methodologies.

Written by an "engineer who teaches," with more than 20 years of experience as a practicing engineer and numerous awards for teaching engineering, this straightforward, one-of-a-kind resource fills a long-vacant niche by identifying and teaching the procedures necessary to address and resolve any problem, regardless of its complexity. Engineering Problem-Solving 101: Time-Tested and Timeless Techniques contains more than 50 systematic approaches spanning all disciplines, logically organized into mathematical, physical/mechanical, visual, and conceptual categories. Strategies are reinforced with practical reference tables, technical illustrations, interesting photographs, and real-world examples.

Inside, you'll find:

50+ proven problem-solving methods

Illustrative examples from all engineering disciplines

Photos, illustrations, and figures that complement the material covered

Detailed tables that summarize concepts and provide useful data in a convenient format

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071799966
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
10/12/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
380,866
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Ch 1. Engineers as Problem Solvers

Ch 2. Problem Solving Skills vs. Process vs. Techniques

Part I – Mathematical Approaches to Problem-Solving

Ch 3. Using Equations(“Plug and Chug”)

Ch 4. Approximating and Estimating

Ch 5. Interpolating and Extrapolating

Ch 6. Checking

Ch 7. Dimensional Analysis and Reconciling Units

Ch 8. Using Similarity and Ratios

Ch 9. Using Indexes or Indices

Ch 10. Scaling

Ch 11. Sensitivity Analysis (of Parameters)

Ch 12. Response Curves and Surfaces

Ch 13. Numerical Analysis & Methods

Ch 14. Dimensionless Quantities or Parameters

Ch 15. Assumptions, Constraints, Conditions, and Cases

Part II – Physical/Mechanical Approaches to Problem-Solving

Ch 16. Reverse Engineering

Ch 17. Material Property Correlations

Ch 18. Proof of Concept Models

Ch 19. Experimental Models and Model Experiments

Ch 20. Test Models and Model Testing

Ch 21. Mockups and Masters

Ch 22. Prototypes and Rapid Prototyping

Ch 23. Trial and Error

Part III – Visual, Graphic, or Iconic Approaches to Problem-Solving

Ch 24. Sketching and Rendering

Ch 25. Tracings and Transfers, Lofting and Lines-taking

Ch 26. Graphing and Graphical Methods

Ch 27. Layouts

Ch 28. Flow Diagrams or Flowcharts

Ch 29. Causal Diagrams (Fishbone or Ishikawa Diagrams)

Ch 30. Decision Trees

Part IV – Conceptual or Abstract Approaches to Problem-Solving

Ch 31. Brainstorming Process, Methodology and Techniques

Ch 32. Using Analogs

Ch 33. Dissecting Problems: Decoupling and Coupling, Zooming In and Zooming Out

Ch 34. Working Problems Backwards and Inverse Problems

Ch 35.FunctionalAnalysis&Black Boxes

Ch 36. Morphological Analysis and Morphological Charts

Ch 37. Storyboarding

Ch 38. Iteration and Iterative Design Process

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