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Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 13th Ed

Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 13th Ed

Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 13th Ed
By Michael R. Lindeburg PE

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Book Description

Comprehensive Mechanical Engineering Coverage You Can Trust

The Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual is the most comprehensive textbook for the Mechanical PE exam. This book’s time-tested organization and clear explanations start with the basics to help you quickly get up to speed on common mechanical engineering concepts. Together, the 76 chapters provide an in-depth review of NCEES Mechanical PE exam topics. The extensive index contains thousands of terms, most indexed in a variety of ways, in anticipation of how you’ll search for them.

Features of the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual:
  • over 120 appendices containing essential support material
  • over 375 clarifying example problems
  • thousands of equations, figures, and tables
  • industry-standard terminology and nomenclature
  • equal support of U.S. customary and SI units
After you pass your exam, the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual will continue to serve as an invaluable reference throughout your mechanical engineering career.

Topics Covered:
  • Dynamics and Vibrations: Kinematics; Kinetics; Power Transmission Systems; Vibrating Systems
  • Materials: Engineering Materials Properties and Testing; Thermal Treatment of Metals
  • Fluids: Fluid Properties; Fluid Statics; Fluid Flow Parameters; Fluid Dynamics; Hydraulic Machines
  • Power Cycles: Vapor, Combustion, and Nuclear Power Cycles; Refrigeration and Gas Compression Cycles
  • HVAC: Psychrometrics; Fans, Ductwork, and Ventilation; Heating and Cooling Loads; Air Conditioning Systems
  • Heat Transfer: Natural Convection; Evaporation; Condensation; Forced Convection; Radiation
  • Machine Design: Basic and Advanced Machine Design; Pressure Vessels
  • Thermodynamics: Inorganic Chemistry; Fuels and Combustion; Properties of Substances
  • Control Systems: Modeling and Analysis of Engineering Systems
  • Plant Engineering: Manufacturing Processes; Instrumentation and Measurements; Materials Handling and Processing; Fire Protection Systems; Environmental Pollutants and Remediation; Hazardous Material Storage and Disposal
  • Fundamentals: Math Review; Probability; Statics; Engineering Economic Analysis
  • Law and Ethics: Engineering Law; Ethics
What’s New in This Edition
  • 36 chapters with new material, and 46 chapters with revisions to existing material
  • 300 new equations, and 128 updated equations
  • 27 new tables, and 31 updated tables
  • 7 new examples, and 34 updated examples
  • 10 new appendices, and 27 updated appendices
  • 35 new figures, and 28 updated figures
  • 1,094 new index entries, and 108 updated index entires

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #22178 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: Professional Publications, Inc.
  • Published on: 2013-04-15
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 11.00" h x 2.50" w x 8.50" l, 6.57 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 1488 pages


  • Book has some highlight on chapters 17 and 18.

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About the Author

Michael R. Lindeburg, PE, is one of the best-known authors of engineering textbooks and references. His books and courses have influenced millions of engineers around the world. Since 1975, he has authored over 40 engineering reference and exam preparation books. He has spent thousands of hours teaching engineering to students and practicing engineers. He holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in industrial engineering from Stanford University.

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138 of 138 people found the following review helpful.
5Essential Reference for Every Engineer
By J.C. McCoy
I just recently passed the mechanical PE exam (fluids discipline), and I thought I would share the studying strategy that seemed to work for me. The very first thing you should do is purchase this book, the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual (MERM), even if you do not plan to take the PE for several years. This is an excellent book that is useful for any mechanical engineer to have. Plus, if you begin to use it now, it will only help to make you more comfortable with it for the exam.

Begin your study about 5-6 months before the exam. At this point you should also purchase the associated Practice Problems for the MERM. Each day, read a chapter and then try to work the practice problems from that chapter. This will take you about 1-2 hours per day. The key is to not burn yourself out, so begin early and only do a set amount per day. On some days when the chapter is short, or you have extra time you could read and work problems for an extra chapter or two. Also, I decided to skip the math and statistics chapters because I felt like I still remembered the basics and there are no general math questions on the exam. So if you feel the same way, you can eliminate 12-13 chapters right off the bat. At this pace, in about 3 months you will have read the entire book (around 1500 pages) and at least attempted every single practice problem. At this point you will be in full panic mode, because you won’t feel comfortable with any of the practice problems because as I said, they are much harder than what is on the exam. Relax! The practice problems for the MERM are infinitely more complicated than what you will encounter on the exam. So do not worry too much if you don’t exactly know how to do them. Just try to work each problem, if you get stuck just read through the solution and try to understand. Keep in mind that no one can work all the problems in that book, so you are no different. Just do your best. When you have finished the book, it should be right about the time that you have to choose your specific mechanical discipline for the exam. Since you have seen all the types of problems, you should be able to make an informed decision on which of the three that you are best at.

As a general rule of thumb for the exam, anything you can think of that will save you any time is worth it. The MERM is absolutely jam-packed with charts, tables, graphs, etc. As you are reading through and working problems, you will start to notice you refer to some of them fairly often. It’s a good idea to put a tab on the page where the useful information is located. By the time I took the exam, my MERM had tons of tabs.

When you have finished the MERM and its practice problems, purchase ALL THREE (fluids, mechanical systems, HVAC) sample problems and solution booklets from the NCEES. The first 40 questions are exactly the same in the three booklets, but the next 40 will be different. It’s still worth it to buy all three, because in the morning session of the exam, you could encounter any of these problems. Make yourself out a schedule where you work 10-15 problems per day. This time, you will need to actually be able to do the problems, unlike the MERM problems. These problems are designed to represent what is on the test, and also to be able to be completed in 6 minutes. You will start to feel a lot more comfortable at this point because the questions are much easier than what you’ve seen so far. Work all 160 questions over and over in groups of 10-15 per day until the day of the exam. By now you should be very comfortable, and ready to tackle whatever they throw at you.

Update in response to some questions: On test day, you will see people walk into the exam with dozens of books. Some even stand up all the books vertically on their table like a little library bookshelf. You will immediately wonder if you did not bring enough material. Rest assured! If you go into the test relying on this many books, then you are in trouble. There simply isn't enough time to think about which book to open and then search for the answer. I went into the exam with only the following materials and it was more than enough:

Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual
Practice Problems for the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual
NCEES Sample Questions and Solutions (Thermal and Fluids Systems)
NCEES Sample Questions and Solutions (Mechanical Systems and Materials)
NCEES Sample Questions and Solutions (HVAC and Refrigeration)
A 1" Three Ring Binder of helpful equations, saturation tables, and conversion factors that I accumulated during the study process

I hope this has helped, and most importantly, good luck!

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful.
4Better than the PE 03 Class at Rensselaer in Hartford
By Dave M.
Lindeburg has done a great job at pulling together everything you'll see on the PE Mechanical exam. The format of the 12th edition is better than the 11th. The 11th included extra problems at the end of each chapter. Though this is helpful for studying, it clutters up the book and adds extra pages to thumb through during the exam. Edition 12 moved the problems at the end of the chapter to another book ("Practice Problems for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam" - which I also recommend).

The book isn't perfect. You will find errata. Most of it is covered in the errata sheets on ppi2pass. Take an hour to look at the errata sheet and transfer the corrections to the book.

All in all, if you read each chapter and then work the associated practice problems, you should be able to pass the exam. The nice thing about this book is the fact that it is up to date with the exam. This is not true of some of the review classes you can take. I paid $1,750 for a class at Renssalaer in Hartford. I should have just taken the money and flushed it down the drain. The class was out-dated (the teacher kept giving examples of problems he remembered from when each question was 1 hour long). He also kept teaching us subjects and then saying "You probably won't see this on the exam". Talk about a waste of time. Also, the class claimed that the Lindeburg book was the official text. It wasn't. The official text was a 3 ring binder full of the teachers barely readable (they were copies of copies of copies of copies....) notes. Anyway, enough ranting about that. If you want to take a class, make sure you talk to someone who's taken it before, and make sure it teaches out of the Lindeburg book.

Also, as soon as you start studying, buy an approved calculator. It will be your best friend during the exam and you will need to be 100% familiar with it. Use it every day and get use to its functions. I have the Casio fx-115 ES. It served me well during the FE exam and the PE exam. Also, buy 2 of them. You must have an identical spare! You don't want your main calculator to die during the exam and then try to use a calculator you found laying in the bottom of your junk drawer. It will slow you down if you're not 100% familiar with it.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
4This is a pretty good collection of information for the PE Mechanical Exam
By Amazon Customer
This is a pretty good collection of information for the PE Mechanical Exam. Before you purchase, check the publisher's website and make sure you get the most current edition and printing. Mine is only one printing behind the most current and it contains ~60 errors throughout. It's also missing some of the reference material that is included in later additions. Also, check the publisher's website for corrections (errata link at the top of the page) and make the corrections before you start using the book. It will save you a lot of time and headache trying to figure out why the formulas don't work when they are actually just wrong.

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