About This Chapter
Tools & Processes in Engineering - Chapter Summary
This chapter breaks down various key engineering tools and processes. You'll explore how these tools function while reviewing related terms, formulas and approaches. Using the practice quizzes accompanying each lesson, you'll be able to test yourself on a subject-by-subject basis as you go. This chapter can help you navigate topics like harmonic filters, resistance welding, cutting speed, and all of the following:
- Using high speed steel
- Understanding the theory of variable frequency drive
- Employing a scanning electron microscope
- Handling the equipment involved with eddy current testing
- Strategizing geophysical surveys
- Utilizing combination squares
1. Scanning Electron Microscope: Definition & Uses
Have you ever used a microscope before? Well, this lesson will define a specific kind of microscope called a scanning electron microscope. You'll also learn the basics of how one works and various examples of its uses.
2. Geophysical Surveys: Definition & Methods
Geophysical surveys are the methods used in archaeology to produce a detail image or map of an area. There are many different methodologies, but the most successful surveys involve a solid research design that is well planned.
3. Aspect Ratio: Definition & Calculation
This lesson explains the mathematical definition of aspect ratio and a method to calculate the aspect ratio of any given shape. An example calculation is used to compare objects of different aspect ratios.
4. What is an Oscilloscope? - Definition & Types
This lesson describes the functions of a basic oscilloscope and the differences between the analog and digital types of oscilloscopes that are in use today.
5. What is a Digital Multimeter (DMM)? - Definition & Uses
In this lesson, you'll learn about digital multimeters. We explore the functions of a typical digital multimeter, what its advantages and disadvantages are over an analog multimeter, and its uses in the industry.
6. Electrical Solder: Definition, Uses & Tools
In this lesson, we will define what an electrical solder is and why it is commonly used in electronic circuitry. We will also learn about the different types of electrical solder and the tools needed for soldering.
7. What is a Resistor? - Definition & Uses
In this lesson, you'll find out what a resistor is and how it works. You'll also explore some of the more common uses for resistors and see examples of resistors that are probably in your home right now!
8. What is a Potentiometer? - Definition & Types
This lesson defines a potentiometer and a method to calculate the voltage output of a potentiometer. Two main types of potentiometers are discussed, linear and rotary, with some details on their construction.
9. What is a Rheostat? - Definition & Uses
Electricity flows to us through electric circuits and powers almost everything in the modern world. In this lesson, explore a device that can help modify the voltage or current in a circuit by choosing an electric resistance.
10. Just in Time Manufacturing: Definition & History
Manufacturing is the complex process of manipulating raw materials into products & services that will be consumed all over the world. In this lesson, explore one of the most important manufacturing evolutions and the rich history behind it.
11. Internal Combustion Engine: Inventor & History
In this lesson you will be introduced to the inventor of the first commercial internal combustion engine as well as subsequent inventors who improved the original design.
12. Internal Combustion Engine: Fundamentals & Design
In this lesson, you'll explore internal combustion engines and the design fundamentals that distinguish intermittent combustion from continuous combustion, and be introduced to efficiency limits that govern the design of any internal combustion engine.
13. External Combustion Engine: Types & Uses
In this lesson, you will learn what an external combustion engine is and how it differs from an internal combustion engine. You'll also learn about the different types of external combustion engines and what they are used for.
14. Combustion Chambers: Definition, Types & Design
In this lesson, we'll define combustion chamber and go over the different types. You'll also be introduced to fundamental elements that play into the design of a combustion chamber.
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- Stress & Strain in Engineering
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- Tolerance in Engineering
- Basics of Structural Engineering
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