The first book in the “Advanced Techniques of Hydraulic Engines” series by Mike Mertens is a useful guide to developing and deploying efficient motorized spindles for various applications. In summary, this text gives readers an overview of the science of engineering, introduces the concepts of hydraulic design, explains the latest technologies for designing and implementing smart motorized spindles in terms of their basic theory and technological application, and gives a wealth of practical knowledge for engineers in mechanical design, particularly in applications where high precision, low friction, and a high level of safety are critical.
Mertens begins his text with an introduction to the scientific principles and concepts that underlie mechanical design. He describes the fundamental characteristics of a hydraulic system, its mechanical design, and the various types of components and parts that make up a hydraulic system. A thorough description of fluid mechanics and combustion are also included, along with a summary of key topics in modern fluid mechanics.
Mertens then moves onto the topics of design and technology for designing and implementing hydraulic designs. He briefly discusses the basics of hydraulic design, describing and explaining the concepts of hydraulic design. Then, he goes into detail about the design of hydraulic systems for different applications. Topics include design of a motorized spindles for applications such as water and earth moving systems, air moving systems, power generation and control systems, and automotive applications, and the concept and design of a dynamic spindle design for applications like robotics, aerospace applications, and robotic manufacturing. Mertens also briefly discusses other technologies used in the field of fluid mechanics, such as electromagnetic induction and heat transfer.
Once he has covered some of the fundamentals of hydraulic design, Mertens gives readers a practical look at how to implement design strategies for various applications using the knowledge gained in his text. He covers the design of a motorized cylinder-drive spindle system, design of a variable-dome spindle, and designs for water and air moving systems. Throughout, Mertens introduces concepts of material science, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics, and applies these concepts to describe hydraulic design and to give readers the proper understanding and confidence in their designs.
A final section of this text addresses the implementation of hydraulic design and technology, which include the implementation of hydraulic design into manufacturing and engineering environments. This section goes into detail on the various components required to build a fully-functional motorized spindles and discuss materials and their use, and design process. It describes the process of designing a motorized cylinder drive spindle, including the key components involved in the design, including rotor, gearbox, shaft, ballast, camping, hydraulic actuators, clutch, etc.
Hydraulic engineering provides an excellent starting point for a broad range of engineering courses. Students, graduates, professionals, and researchers alike, will find this text to be an invaluable resource and an essential text in their careers. It is easily accessible to the reader, easy to read, practical, and provides a clear, concise overview of topics that will be valuable to the engineers who design, build, and manage hydraulic systems.