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Reverse Engineering: Mechanisms, Structures, Systems & Materials [NOOK Book]


A comprehensive look at reverse engineering as a legitimate learning, design, and troubleshooting tool

This unique book examines the often underappreciated and occasionally maligned technique of reverse engineering. More than a shortcut for the lazy or unimaginative to reproduce an artless copy of an ...

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Reverse Engineering: Mechanisms, Structures, Systems & Materials

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A comprehensive look at reverse engineering as a legitimate learning, design, and troubleshooting tool

This unique book examines the often underappreciated and occasionally maligned technique of reverse engineering. More than a shortcut for the lazy or unimaginative to reproduce an artless copy of an existing creation, reverse engineering is an essential brick – if not a keystone – in the pathway to a society’s technological advancement.

Written by an engineer who began teaching after years in industry, Reverse Engineering reviews this meticulous analytical process with a breadth and depth as never before. Find out how to:

  • Learn by “mechanical dissection”

  • Deduce the role, purpose, and functionality of a designed entity

  • Identify materials-of-construction and methods-of-manufacture by observation alone

  • Assess the suitability of a design to purpose from form and fit

The rich heritage of engineering breakthroughs enabled by reverse engineering is also discussed. This is not a dry textbook. It is the engaging and enlightening account of the journey of engineering from the astounding creations of ancient cultures to what, with the aid of reverse engineering, promises to be an even more astounding future!

Coverage includes:

  • Methods of product teardown

  • Failure analysis and forensic engineering

  • Deducing or inferring role, purpose, and functionality during reverse engineering

  • The Antikythera mechanism

  • Identifying materials-of-construction

  • Inferring methods-of-manufacture or -construction

  • Construction of Khufu’s pyramid

  • Assessing design suitability

  • Value and production engineering

  • Reverse engineering of materials and substances

  • Reverse engineering of broken, worn, or obsolete parts for remanufacture

  • The law and the ethics of reverse engineering

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071824668
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 12/10/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • File size: 67 MB
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Meet the Author

Robert W. Messler, Jr., Ph.D., FASM, FAWS, is Emeritus Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He spent 16 years in industry, 11 years at Grumman Aerospace and five years at Eutectic-Castolin, and then returned to Rensselaer where he earned his degrees to serve as Technical Director and Associate Director of the Center for Manufacturing Productivity. Dr. Messler later became tenured as Professor and was appointed as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. He is the author of six books, including Engineering Problem-Solving 101 (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2013). Dr. Messler has also authored more than 140 papers in diverse areas of materials processing, joining, design, manufacturing, and engineering education.

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Table of Contents

Ch 1. Introduction

Ch 2. Basic Concepts for the Technique

Ch 3. History of Reverse Engineering

Ch 4. The Teardown Process (or Mechanical Dissection)

Ch 5. Methods of Product Teardown

Ch 6. Failure Analysis and Forensic Engineering

Ch 7. Deducing or Inferring Role, Purpose, and Functionality during Reverse Engineering

Ch 8. The Antikythera Mechanism

Ch 9. Identifying ConstructionMaterials

Ch 10. Inferring Methods of Manufacture or Construction

Ch 11. Construction of Khufu's Pyramids: Mankind's Greatest Engineering Creation

Ch 12. Assessing Design Suitability

Ch 13. Bringing It All Together with Illustrative Examples

Ch 14. Value and Production Engineering

Ch 15. Reverse Engineering of Materials and Substances

Ch 16. Reverse Engineering Obsolete, Broken, or Worn Parts

Ch 17. The Law and Ethics of Reverse Engineering

Ch 18. The End of a Book, the Beginning of a New Story: Closing Thoughts

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