Graham Isaac, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds, reviews biomedical resources from the IMechE Library. Members can follow the links to find out about accessing titles. Ten recent online book titles Artificial organ engineering, 2017 Reviews the fundamentals of artificial organs: diffusion, mass transfer coefficient, membrane operations, adsorption and bioreactors. Details the basic requirements of major currently used … Continue reading TOP BIOMEDICAL RESOURCES


Henry Davies, work experience student, reviews a book from the library’s Archive Gallery. Jet Flight, John Grierson, 1946 On my work experience at the IMechE I spent a day in the library and for part of the day I was privileged enough to visit the upper level of the library where I found and read a number of very interesting books from the dawn of … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Jet Flight


SAE and ASME resources now available from the IMechE Virtual Library The Library team have secured online access to ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) digital papers for all IMechE members.  These high-quality resources provide everything you need to help streamline your designs. ASME technical journal and conference papers, now available From anywhere in the world, Members can search … Continue reading NEW FOR 2017: SAE and ASME TITLES

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BOOK REVIEW: Mathematical Magick

Laura Beduz, Librarian, reviews a historical book from the Library’s special collections. Mathematical Magick, John Wilkins, 1680 This is one of the earliest books on mechanical engineering housed in the Institution Library. It was published in London in 1680 and was presented to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers by Henry Adams on the 11th Aug 1921. In this work, John Wilkins describes the “mechanical arts”, … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Mathematical Magick


The IMechE Library have put together a special, seasonal reading list of selected UK and international papers from a variety of engineering industries including the automotive, aerospace, building and chemical industries. Topics include; building insulation, lighting and heating efficiency and studies on snow, de-icing and the effects of weather conditions on the ground and in the air. IMechE Members, you can read these papers by … Continue reading WINTER READING LIST

Lithograph of Ironbridge, the first iron bridge to be constructed, 1779. Christmas 1974.


From the 1930s the Institution sent an official Christmas card, proceeds went to our Benevolent Fund. Click on the number to reveal that days image from our card collection.             1              2            3            4              5            6             7              8            9           10             … Continue reading ENGINEERS ADVENT

The Institution's Library (also home to the Archive) has changed little on the face of it but in actual fact we do offer modern services such as a virtual library and archive. Drawing by Sydney R Jones. Christmas 1953.

BOOK REVIEW: Internal Combustion Engine Design

This month we have a book review by Institution Member, David Andrews (Member of the IMechE Engineering Heritage Awards Committee). David reviews the highly detailed book, Internal Combustion Engine Design, written by former Ricardo Chief Designer, John Manning. In this review, David highlights the essence of this book, which is the importance of engineering design and engine designers. “Machines are made by machines. Engineers are … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Internal Combustion Engine Design


For one month only! IMechE members have full-text access to SAE’s content, comprising of technical papers, standards, ebooks and magazines, covering all aspects of aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle engineering. Log-in using your IMechE account credentials. The free trial will end on 31 October 2016. Please e-mail any feedback or comments about this database to Continue reading TRIAL OF SAE MOBILUS DATABASE

Queen Mary under construction


80 years since the Queen Mary’s maiden voyage: documenting the construction and launching the RMS Queen Mary It’s 80 years since the maiden voyage of Cunard’s flagship liner, the Queen Mary, which held the transatlantic speed record from the 1930s to the 1950s. The IMechE library team has been cataloguing printed manuscripts ranging from the 19th to the 21st century,  and one of these is … Continue reading QUEEN MARY

Bulkeley, broad gauge express on mixed gauge track


Calling Members- if you enjoy reading one of our books or ebooks and think others should know about it then please submit a review to David Andrews, IMechE and Heritage Award Committee Member, writes the first of our book reviews in this series. He looks at how historical management techniques can be applied today. “Why are some engineering organisations good at designing products? How … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: GREAT WESTERN LOCOMOTIVES