The Design Challenge gives first and second year undergraduates a taste of the ‘real world’ of engineering, challenging them to design, create, present and run a device to a strict technical specification. 

This year, the Challenge is to design a small-scale device to fire a squash ball attached to a line indoors over various distances. This simulates a Line Launcher – a device used to fire a line from one ship to another on the high sea or for other various rescue scenarios.

Has your team got what it takes? Be the best prepared team in the competition with our handy selection of online library resources. Simply click on the titles to log in with your IMechE details.

Read more about the Challenge, and updates, here.

Principles of Engineering Mechanics

H.R. Harrison and T. Nettleton

Second edition, 1994

Integrating statistics and dynamics within a single volume, this book will support the study of engineering mechanics throughout an undergraduate course. The theory of two- and three-dimensional dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, leading to Euler’s equations, is developed. The vibration of one- and two-degree-of-freedom systems and an introduction to automatic control, now including frequency response methods, are covered. This edition has also been extended to develop continuum mechanics, drawing together solid and fluid mechanics to illustrate the distinctions between Eulerian and Lagrangian coordinates.

Contact Mechanics

K.L. Johnson


This book describes the stresses and deformations of solid bodies in contact with each other, along curved surfaces that touch initially at a point of contact or along a line. The book commences with the development of the theory since the problem was first described in 1882. There is also a discussion of the influence of friction and the topographical roughness of surfaces.

Solving Engineering Mechanics Problems with MATLAB

Rao V. Dukkipati, J. Srinivas


The book is designed as an introductory course for engineering students of all disciplines. It presents a systematic methodology based on mathematical fundamentals and stresses on physical system modelling. Moreover, the classical methods of Engineering Mechanics are covered in this book. This book also contains numerous worked examples on application of Engineering Mechanics theory using MATLAB to provide readers with an awareness of its general applicability.

Engineering Problem Solving

A Classical Perspective

Milton C. Shaw


This book fills in many of the gaps in engineering education by showing students and professionals, the historical background of problem solving. Among those who will find this book particularly useful are engineers working in cross-disciplinary capacities, such as mechanical engineers working with electrical engineering concepts or polymeric materials, and students looking for help growing their skills.

Essential MATLAB

For Engineers and Scientists

Brian H. Hahn and Daniel T. Valentine

Sixth edition, 2017

This book provides a concise, balanced overview of MATLAB’s functionality that facilitates independent learning, with coverage of both the fundamentals and applications. The essentials of MATLAB are illustrated throughout, featuring complete coverage of the software’s windows and menus. Program design and algorithm development are presented clearly and intuitively, along with many examples from a wide range of familiar scientific and engineering areas.

Electric Drives and Electromechanical Systems

Applications and Control

Richard Crowder

Second edition, 2019

This book presents a unified approach to the design and application of modern drive systems. It explores problems involved in assembling complete, modern electric drive systems involving mechanical, electrical, and electronic elements. This book provides a global overview of design, specification applications, important design information, and methodologies.

Fundamentals of Industrial Instrumentation and Process Control

William C. Dunn

Second edition, 2018

A fully updated, practical guide to automated process control and measurement systems. This thoroughly revised textbook offers students a solid grounding in process control principles along with real-world applications and insights from the factory floor.

Project Management, Planning and Control

Managing Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing Projects to PMI, APM and BSI Standards

Albert Lester

Seventh edition, 2017

This book is an established and widely recommended project management handbook. Building on its clear and detailed coverage of planning, scheduling and control, this seventh edition includes new advice on information management, including big data, communication, dispute resolution, project governance, and BIM.

Formulas for Dynamics, Acoustics and Vibration

Robert D. Blevins


With Over 60 tables, most with graphic illustration, and over 1000 formulas, this book will provide an invaluable time-saving source of concise solutions for mechanical, civil, nuclear, petrochemical and aerospace engineers and designers.

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