This work contains a general account of the art of mechanical
engineering, which has for its object the harnessing of all natural
powers for the service of man. So vast a subject cannot be described
exhaustively in any single work of reasonable size. Selection must
therefore be very carefully made. The principle of selection has
been that of keeping the practical requirements of engineers as much
as possible to the fore, leaving aside current speculation as tŠ
possible new sources of energy, new prime-movers, and so on.
Theoretical matters are discussed in their proper places, and an
effort is made to present these subjects as concisely and clearly as
possible to readers who are likely to be interested in them.
Volume I deals with the organization of a modern works, be-
ginning with the DRAWING OFFICE and going through the PATTERN
SHOP, FOUNDRY, MACHINE SHOP, to the FITTING and ERECTING of
the finished machine.
Volume II begins with a section on the TRANSPORT OF PLANT,
a branch of the subject which deserves, but seldom receives, ade-
quate treatment in books on Mechanical Engineering. This is
followed by a section on PIPE-WORK, a subject of vital importance
to operating engineers, as anyone who has had to operate a plant
with a faulty pipe system must know. Then follow three sections
on theoretical subjects: APPLIED MECHANICS, ELASTICITY OF
MATERIALS, and PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS.
Volume III deals with FANS, PUMPS, HYDRAUUJCS, WATER
TURBINES, and REFRIGERATING PLANT.
In Volume IV will be found sections on MECHANISM, MACHINE
DRAWING, HEAT, and STEAM BOILERS.
Volume V is devoted mainly to STEAM ENGINEERING PLANT,