Reverse Engineering: Mechanisms, Structures, Systems & Materials by Robert W. MesslerReverse Engineering: Mechanisms, Structures, Systems & Materials by Robert W. Messler

Reverse Engineering: Mechanisms, Structures, Systems & Materials

byRobert W. Messler

Hardcover | December 10, 2013

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A comprehensive look at reverse engineering as a legitimate learning, design, and troubleshooting tool

This unique book examines the often underappreciated and occasionally maligned technique of reverse engineering. More than a shortcut for the lazy or unimaginative to reproduce an artless copy of an existing creation, reverse engineering is an essential brick – if not a keystone – in the pathway to a society’s technological advancement.

Written by an engineer who began teaching after years in industry, Reverse Engineering reviews this meticulous analytical process with a breadth and depth as never before. Find out how to:

  • Learn by “mechanical dissection”
  • Deduce the role, purpose, and functionality of a designed entity
  • Identify materials-of-construction and methods-of-manufacture by observation alone
  • Assess the suitability of a design to purpose from form and fit

    The rich heritage of engineering breakthroughs enabled by reverse engineering is also discussed. This is not a dry textbook. It is the engaging and enlightening account of the journey of engineering from the astounding creations of ancient cultures to what, with the aid of reverse engineering, promises to be an even more astounding future!

    Coverage includes:

    • Methods of product teardown
    • Failure analysis and forensic engineering
    • Deducing or inferring role, purpose, and functionality during reverse engineering
    • The Antikythera mechanism
    • Identifying materials-of-construction
    • Inferring methods-of-manufacture or -construction
    • Construction of Khufu’s pyramid
    • Assessing design suitability
    • Value and production engineering
    • Reverse engineering of materials and substances
    • Reverse engineering of broken, worn, or obsolete parts for remanufacture
    • The law and the ethics of reverse engineering
Robert W. Messler, Jr., Ph.D., FASM, FAWS, is Emeritus Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He spent 16 years in industry, 11 years at Grumman Aerospace and five years at Eutectic-Castolin, and then returned to Rensselaer where he earned his degrees to serve as Technical Director and Assoc...
Title:Reverse Engineering: Mechanisms, Structures, Systems & MaterialsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:9.5 × 8.8 × 1.1 inPublished:December 10, 2013Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071825169

ISBN - 13:9780071825160

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Table of Contents

Ch 1. Introduction
Ch 2. Basic Concepts for the Technique
Ch 3. History of Reverse Engineering
Ch 4. The Teardown Process (or Mechanical Dissection)
Ch 5. Methods of Product Teardown
Ch 6. Failure Analysis and Forensic Engineering
Ch 7. Deducing or Inferring Role, Purpose, and Functionality during Reverse Engineering
Ch 8. The Antikythera Mechanism
Ch 9. Identifying ConstructionMaterials
Ch 10. Inferring Methods of Manufacture or Construction
Ch 11. Construction of Khufu's Pyramids: Mankind's Greatest Engineering Creation
Ch 12. Assessing Design Suitability
Ch 13. Bringing It All Together with Illustrative Examples
Ch 14. Value and Production Engineering
Ch 15. Reverse Engineering of Materials and Substances
Ch 16. Reverse Engineering Obsolete, Broken, or Worn Parts
Ch 17. The Law and Ethics of Reverse Engineering
Ch 18. The End of a Book, the Beginning of a New Story: Closing Thoughts