Highlights in Mechanical Engineering 2017

Looking back at the past year to inspire the future

Mechanical Engineering in 2017

2017 was a year filled with groundbreaking research and technological advances. As we start 2018, we would like to take a look back and reflect on some of the most popular research from 2017, sourced from our Book and Journal portfolio to inspire us for 2018. 

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Senior Editor Dr. Leontina Di Cecco on Mechanical Engineering in 2017

In 2017, the mechanical engineering portfolio saw fantastic growth. This was due in part to the launch in recent years of two book series: our Springer Tracts in Mechanical Engineering, which publishes monographs and edited books, and was accepted this year for indexing in SCOPUS; and the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering, indexed by SCOPUS since 2015, which is mainly devoted to cutting-edge research published in proceedings.

The mechanical engineering program at Springer is quite diverse and interdisciplinary,...

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reflecting the breadth and flexibility often requested by the mechanical engineering professions. The content ranges from theoretical disciplines, such as fluid and solid mechanics, dynamics and control, to applied issues related to the design and use of machines, materials, vehicles, aerospace technology, and energy. 

Selecting just a handful of highlights from the multitude of titles we’ve published in mechanical engineering is no easy task. But let’s start with Micro-Manufacturing Technologies and Their Applications, edited by Irene Fassi and David Shipley, an in-depth theoretical and practical overview of recent advances in micro-manufacturing technologies and processes, intended for technicians and prospective professionals in the sector. Another candidate is the book edited by Peter Hamel on In-Flight Simulators and Fly-by-Wire/Light Demonstrators, which offers an impressive historical account of more than sixty years of research and developments in the field of in-flight simulation and electronic and electro-optic flight control system technologies, supplemented with fresh discussions on innovative research. All in all, it represents a great resource not only for flight testing engineers, but also for aeronautical scientists, other engineers, as well as project managers and historians alike.  

Next, let’s have a look at Pumps as Turbines by Armando Carravetta et al., a timely, practice-oriented guide to the design, installation and application of PAT, written for design and civil engineers, as well as general users and manufacturers, and which covers important applications, such as the implementation of water and oil distribution networks. A somewhat related title, Modeling and Monitoring of Pipelines and Networks, was published within our Applied Condition Monitoring book series. This book, edited by Cristina Verde and Lizeth Torrez, deals with the design, adjustment and operation of robust monitoring systems for pipeline networks. Going back to more theoretical books, Structural Stability and Vibration by Sine Wiggers and Pauli Pedersen from the Southern University of Denmark offers an integrated view of analytical and numerical methods for solving linear and non-linear problems related to stability and vibration. Lastly, our 2017/2018 portfolio is also home to a book on autonomous underwater vehicles, a timely topic on which mechanical engineers are working together with IT and control engineers. Just have a look at Marine Robotics and Applications, edited by Luc Jaulin et al. 

Mechanical engineers are intensively involved in ocean engineering, and the most sought-after engineers in any area related to the oceans. We’re very proud of our Journal of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy, which kept publishing at a very good rate in 2017. We want to thank the editor-in-chief, Cengiz Ertekin, the editorial board members, all reviewers and the authors, for their amazing work. We believe that mechanical engineers will find a great deal of relevant content for their research and profession in the journal.

Our plan for 2018?  We’re very keen on maintaining this rate of growth, enriching our portfolio with more and more useful content, and offering our readers extensive information  and challenging discussions on both established and emerging themes related to mechanical engineering, and especially to the impact of future research on health, the environment, energy, security and sustainability.  With those goals in mind, we’ll also be attending a few conferences in 2018, where we hope to see you! One of them is OMAE - Conference on Ocean Offshore & Arctic Engineering, organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; another is the IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics – Biorob2018. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date on this and further developments.

Leontina Di Cecco is a Senior Editor for Applied Science/Engineering at Springer Nature

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