Mechanical engineering is one of the most diverse subjects of engineering. Mechanical engineering deals with topics ranging from fluid flow to heat transfer, materials selection, and control systems. Often, mechanical engineers are responsible for taking an idea from the drawing stages into production and the marketplace. This type of practice typically requires a wide range of skills and knowledge. Common subcategories in mechanical engineering include mechanics, robotics and mechatronics, thermo science, design and drafting, and failure analysis.
Mechanics. Mechanics is one of the classic examples of Mechanical Engineering. In general, mechanics is the study of forces and their effects. Topics include statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, fluids, and kinematics.
Robotics & Mechatronics. Robotics is a field of mechanical engineering that combines aspects of electrical and software engineering with an interest in creating hybrid products. Examples of application include assembly lines and space exploration.
Thermo Science. Thermo science is applied to chemical processes, energy transfer, and heat transfer. Applications include engines, refrigeration, power plants, heating ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC), and fire investigation.
Design & Drafting. Design and Drafting is the process used in the creation of various parts. Techniques include hand drawing or Computer-Aided Design (CAD) through the use of software products. CAD has advantages over hand drawing because it allows parts to be visualized three-dimensionally. CAD drawing may also be analyzed using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software in complex situations where hand calculations are impractical or impossible.
Failure Analysis. Another area of mechanical engineering is failure analysis. While failure analysis is not specific to the discipline of Mechanical Engineering, much of its application falls into this area. Failure analysis is the process of collecting and analyzing data to determine the root-cause of failure. Engineers are interested in understanding the root-cause of failure because it allows design changes to be made to prevent additional failures and possible injury. Failure analysis techniques are important in helping improve the design of prototypes as well as existing products.
At RWFE, we have applied our Mechanical Engineering expertise in a variety of settings including education, training, design consulting, manufacturing safety review, failure analysis, intellectual property work, damage assessment, litigation support, research, and expert witness work. If you are in need of help in the field of Mechanical Engineering, contact us. After a brief description of your project, we will advise you as to how our expertise would be best implemented.
Previous Projects involving Mechanical Engineering Include:
- Boat Winch
- Boomerang Spinal Fusion
- Dust Collector
- Loss of an Oil-field Wireline
- Quarry Saw
- Scissor Lift Control
- Treestand Hatch Covers
- Treestand PTO Pins