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RCL Career Resources Engineering and Technology: Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Equipment Operation

RCL Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Equipment Operation + Choice TItles

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The diesel was the first engine developed from scientific theory rather than from utilizing technology. Cummins uses Diesel's own design and test notebooks, original sources in the archives of early manufacturers, and the personal records of many of the engine's innovators to interweave Rudolf Diesel's life and ideas with the people and events contributing to the early development of his engine. (There is no comparable work available in English.) Cummins describes three overlapping phases: development and tests up to 1897 when efficient operation was first achieved; further development by licensees and competitors (in both Europe and the US) centered around the expiration of Diesel's original patent in 1907; and applications to ships, submarines, and locomotives through 1918. The book's emphasis is on technology rather than social impact. The evidence, including excellent chapter notes and hundreds of contemporary drawings and photographs of early engines, supports Diesel's controversial claim as the true inventor of the engine. Because of the complexity of the material, some sections may be too technical for general readers. Highly recommended for library collections in the history of technology, mechanical engineering design, and operating engineering/mechanical engineering technology. Community college; upper-division undergraduate; faculty; pre-professional; professional.

--G. E. Herrick, Maine Maritime Academy

This English translation of the third edition of Handbuch Dieselmotoren (2007) provides a good overview of the state of the art of modern diesel technology, manufacturing, and practice. The book is divided into five parts: "The Diesel Engine Cycle," "Diesel Engine Engineering," "Diesel Engine Operation," "Environmental Pollution by Diesel Engines," and "Implemented Diesel Engines." The 60 chapter contributors, almost all from German industries, provide good coverage of supercharging, fuel, injection systems, bearings, pistons, cooling, materials, lubrication, and emissions. The final two chapters, "Vehicle Diesel Engines" and "Industrial and Marine Diesels," are well organized and illustrated surveys. Unfortunately, almost all the references listed after each chapter are in German. It would have been helpful if the editors and contributors had updated the references to include citations from the extensive worldwide English literature for this audience. The handbook is a welcome addition to the existing resources on diesel engines and will be helpful to advanced students and practitioners in the field. Summing Up: Recommended. Mechanical engineering collections serving graduate students and above.

--A. M. Strauss, Vanderbilt University