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What is mechanical engineering? What a mechanical engineering does? How did the mechanical engineering switch via a while? what's the way forward for mechanical engineering? This ebook solutions those questions in a lucid demeanour. It additionally presents a quick chronological background of landmark occasions and solutions questions equivalent to: whilst was once steam engine invented? the place was once first CNC desktop built? while did the period of additive production commence? whilst did the wedding of mechanical and electronics provide beginning to self-discipline of mechatronics? This e-book informs and create curiosity on mechanical engineering within the normal public and specific in scholars. It additionally is helping to sensitize the engineering fraternity in regards to the historic features of engineering. while, it presents a typical feel wisdom of mechanical engineering in a convenient manner.
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In Archimedes’ screw, water is pumped by turning a helical screw-shaped surface inside a hollow cylindrical shaft. With the rotation of the shaft and the helical surface, water gets carried up along the spiral and delivered at the end. In ancient times, Archimedes’ screw was mainly used for irrigation, raising water, and draining water from mines and low lying areas. It was rotated manually or by a windmill. It is believed that Archimedes’ screw was used for watering the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World (Dalley and Oleson 2003).
They were in fact called tramways where a number of wagons were connected together and ran on wooden (and later on iron) rails. Wagons pulled by horses on tracks were used to transport people till nineteenth century. Mechanized railway was ﬁrst used in England in the 1820s. After the development of steam engines, advances in railways and roadways progressed. There were continuous efforts to make steam engines smaller with higher power output so that they could be made mobile and used in vehicles.
Fueled by the advances in science and technology, men’s imagination and the urge to know the unknown soared. Exploring the space was the next level attained in aerospace engineering in the 1950s and 1960s. Both the superpowers, the USA and Soviet Russia started space exploration programs and launched space satellites to gather information of the earth and the space hitherto considered impossible. The crowning glory of their programs included landing on the Moon, manned flight to orbit the Earth, launching space satellites, and developing space habitat.