Machine Design

Machine Design: An Integrated Approach, Sixth Edition

Author: Robert L. Norton, Milton P. Higgins II Distinguished Professor Emeritus Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Copyright 2014, 1120 pp.
ISBN 0-13-518423-1

A thorough, up-to-date, and comprehensive textbook dealing with machine design that emphasizes both static and fatigue failure theory and analysis as well as emphasizing the synthesis and design aspects of machine elements. It is based on the author’s 50 years of experience actually doing machine design as well as his thorough understanding of the underlying theory that comes from teaching this subject for over 30 years. The book points out the commonality of the analytical approaches needed to design a wide variety of elements and emphasizes the use of computer-aided engineering as an approach to the design and analysis of these classes of problems. It includes a chapter on the proper application of meshing and boundary conditions to finite element analysis of stress and deflection in machine elements.

The book presents an integrated approach to the design of machine elements by tying together the usual set of machine-element topics with a series of case studies that demonstrate the interrelationships between force, stress and failure analysis in real-world design. While emphasizing the design and synthesis aspects of the subject, the book nevertheless presents a thorough and complete treatment of the requisite engineering mechanics topics and provides a good balance between synthesis and analysis.

The text is divided into two parts. The first part presents the fundamentals of design, materials, stress, strain, deflection, and failure theories, including an introduction to fracture mechanics. The second part treats the design of specific elements such as springs, gears, shafts, etc., but does so in the context of their use in integrated assemblies. The case studies provide the vehicle for this, with different elements of the same assembly being addressed in various chapters. The main emphasis is on designing for high-cycle fatigue loading of machine parts and assemblies.

The machine-design subject matter is presented in an up-to-date manner using computer-aided-design techniques. Most of the 75 examples and 25 case-study analyses are solved with equation solvers and over 1000 files of examples, case studies, and sample solutions to problems are provided on the attached CD-ROM for use with Excel, MATLAB, Mathcad, and TKSolver. A number of author-written programs for kinematic, dynamic, and stress analysis are also included.

Available in hard cover, digital e-books, and as loose-leaf pages for a 3-ring binder.

What users say about the book:

“The book is one of the best-written on any engineering subject that I have come across. We switched to the book because we felt that the students would get a lot out of reading the text.”

-Professor Ed Howard, Milwaukee School of Engineering

“(The) writing is clear and meaningful, (and the) text is much more accessible to students because of the practical nature of (its) case studies and problem sets.”

-Professor Douglas Walcerz, York College of Pennsylvania

“I enjoy using your textbook for my class. This is the fourth time I am using it, and it has been a great help in combining the rigor of teaching mechanical design with the practical approach. Students like it a lot, and I will continue to use this book as long as I teach this course.”

-Professor Suresh G.K. Ananthasuresh
University of Pennsylvania

“…I’m doing my machine design homework now, and… your book is the single best text I have ever used in my educational career. It is straightforward, easy to understand and has good examples…”

-Josh, student, Colorado School of Mines

From reviews on

Norton is an awesome resource. For students going to college it may seem overwhelming. But it is the MOST up to date text on the market on the subject of Machine Design. While taking the PE exam I compared Shigley vs Norton on information, and Norton had all the answers. The author has done a monumental job in bringing the vast spectrum of Machine Design in a very well composed book. I have yet to come across a resource like Norton. In fact, I recommend this book to practicing engineers. Almost every section of the book has real world value. Its worth having on the shelf. I was always into Shigley but Norton is more in line with industry practice as opposed to academic excercises as presented by Shigley.

If you really want to learn and understand mechanical design, Mr. Norton is generous, he teaches everything there is to know. The chapters introduction it’s something beyond you can expect from an engineering book. You must have it…

This book is, without a doubt, the best text book I have ever purchased. The author is so clear. Information is presented in such a way that chapters may be read out of order, for the most part. The author provides more relevant support examples and sources than any author I have read, and he does so in a very fluid way. This book is easy to read. It provides all relevant mechanical design information in an extremely clear way. I would buy anything this author writes or recommends.