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Mechanical Engineering is one of the oldest engineering disciplines. The principles of physical sciences are applied on manufacturing, design, maintenance and the analysis of mechanical systems.

The Mechanical Engineering discipline has been developed to incorporate Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).It has also began to merge with other engineering disciplines to serve the needs of modern technologies and industries. An example is Mechatronics, which is the interdisciplinary branch between Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics and Computer Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering basically covers the mechanics of materials, kinematics, thermodynamics and fluids mechanic.

Course Structure

The Mechanical Engineering curriculum in NTU focuses on the five main divisions of Engineering Mechanics, Thermal & Fluids Engineering, Mechatronics & Design, Manufacturing Engineering and Systems & Engineering Management. These cover the fundamentals and specialized subjects on the broad spectrum of technologies encompassed by the area of mechanical engineering.

The fundamental subjects are:

  1. Mechanics of Materials
  2. Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery
  3. Thermodynamics
  4. Heat Transfer
  5. Manufacturing Technology
  6. Electrical and Electronics
  7. Machine Components
  8. Engineering Graphics
  9. Control System
  10. Fluid Mechanics

Please refer to the Mechanical Engineering curriculum under the School of Mechanical and Aerospace (MAE) for more information.


Literature in Mechanical Engineering spans a wide range of formats including books, conference proceedings, journal articles, white papers, reviews, standards, patents, transactions, reports and datasheets.

Commercial Publishers

The major publishers are Elsevier, Springer, McGraw-Hill, Taylor and Francis, John Wiley, Pearson Prentice‐Hall.

Institutional Publishers

Institutional publishers includes of organizations such as American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) and Institution of Engineering Technology (IET).

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Books provide the framework on a topic or subject within which more in-depth and exhaustive information is explained. Because of the nature of the technical print publishing process, books tend to be established sources of information; consolidating previous knowledge about the topic with newer editions including chapters highlighting subject updates.

You can either BROWSE the book collection (which is arranged in systematic classified order) in the Library or SEARCH the catalogue for a list of relevant books.


Browsing the collection

Books on Mechanical Engineering are mostly located in the Lee Wee Nam Library at Level 2. Related literature may be found in several locations within the Lee Wee Nam Library or even in other subject libraries so do use the NTU Library Catalogue to confirm the location as well as the call number of the book.

The major Mechanical Engineering areas and their range of call numbers are shown below.

Search Terms LC Class
Manufacturing TS 177 – 183.8
Mechatronics TJ 163.12
Dynamics of Machinery TJ 170
Management Engineering T55.4 – T55.54
Thermal engineering TJ 260
Engineering Mechanics TJ 170 – 179

LC Classification for Mechanical Engineering

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Searching for books

You can find a list of books on a specific subject in Mechanical Engineering by searching the Library Catalogue under the appropriate subject headings in the subject field. Improve your search results with these catalogue tips.

Selected book lists by subject

To help you to get started, use the list of books from the Library Catalogue on the specific topics below:

Click on the following topics to retrieve relevant books.

Manufacturing engineering


Engineering Management


Fluid Mechanics

The library does not have a particular book? Recommend it to us!

Students can send an e-mail to with as much details about the item as possible – Title, Author/editor, Place of publication, Publisher or producer, Date of publication, ISBN, Edition and Price.

Staff can use Staff Link. Under Resource Request — Library Services —Book Recommendation.

Refer to New Title Recommendation for more details.


E-books or electronic books are the digital version of print books, designed to be read on a personal computer with internet connection or on an e-book reader. The advantage of e-books is enhanced access and, depending on the system provided, the functionality of keyword searching of chapters and content.


Browsing by E-book Providers

The major providers of e-books in the field of Mechanical Engineering are listed below. When you click on the e-book providers, you may be asked to login with your NTU network username and password.

  1. ASTM Digital Library
    Browse by topic, Example : Metals Test Methods and Analytical Procedures
  2. CRCnetBASE Titles
    Browse subjects: Engineering – Mechanical or Engineering – Industrial & Manufacturing
  3. Elsevier Reference Works and Book Series
    Access is through the database platform Science Direct. Browse or search the collection covering physical sciences and engineering reference collection. Full text availability is indicated by green key symbol.
  4. Knovel
    Browse the collection by subjects: Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering & Operations Management.
  5. Referex Engineering
    Browse books by collection or subject: Materials & Mechanical, Chemical, Petrochemical & Process and Civil & Environmental.
  6. Wiley Online Library
    Browse by subject area: Physical Sciences & Engineering followed by Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Biomedical Engineering.
  7. Springer Link
    Provides access to e-books and e-book series in the subject areas of Mechanical Engineering, thermodynamics and more.

Searching for E-books

You can also search for and access individual e-books titles using the Library catalogue. See this step-by-step instruction guide for finding e-books.

Reference Works

Reference books are special types of books we refer to for quick, essential information. They are usually not read from cover to cover. Examples include dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopedias, yearbooks, abstracts, almanacs and manuals.


Searching for Reference Works

Find reference titles for Mechanical Engineering using Advanced Search in the Library Catalogue and specifying the TYPE as REFERENCE.


You can refer to this instruction guide in IFAQ for more detailed instructions.

Selected titles

Some reference titles on Mechanical Engineering are listed below. Click on the titles to see their catalogue records and retrieve their library locations. Direct access to electronic copies of reference titles which are denoted as [e-book] will be provided if available.


  1. McGraw-Hill dictionary of mechanical and design engineering
  2. CAD/CAM dictionary
    CALL NUMBER: TS155.6.P937


  1. Bearings and lubrication : a mechanical designers’ workbook
    CALL NUMBER: TJ230.B368
  2. The CRC handbook of thermal engineering [e-book]
    CALL NUMBER TJ260.C911
    View the library catalogue record
  3. Fastening, joining, and connecting : a mechanical designers’ workbook
    CALL NUMBER: TJ230.F251
  4. A handbook for the mechanical tolerancing of wave guide components
    CALL NUMBER: TK7871.65.A414
  5. Handbook of hydraulic fluid technology
    CALL NUMBER: TJ843.H236
  6. Handbook of mechanical engineering calculations
    CALL NUMBER: TJ151.H236 2006
  7. Illustrated sourcebook of mechanical components[e-book]
    CALL NUMBER: TJ243.I29
    View the library catalogue record
  8. Mechanical engineers’ handbook / edited by Myer Kutz.
    CALL NUMBER: TJ151.M486 2006V1
  9. Mechanisms and mechanical devices sourcebook [e-book]
    CALL NUMBER: TJ181.M486M 2007
    View the library catalogue record
  10. Pressure gauge handbook
    CALL NUMBER: TJ370.P935
  11. Rules of thumb for mechanical engineers : a manual of quick, accurate solutions to everyday Mechanical engineering [e-book]
    CALL NUMBER: TJ151.R935
    View the library catalogue record


  1. Mechanical/electrical … costbook
    CALL NUMBER: TH6010.M486 1995

Many databases have full-featured search interfaces which allow quick and exhaustive searching for recent and previously published journal articles, conference papers, reviews, standards and news articles.


Core databases

  1. SAE Digital Library
    The SAE Digital Library references thousands of SAE Technical Papers and SAE Standards covering the latest advances and research in all areas of mobility engineering including ground vehicle, aerospace, off-highway, and manufacturing technology. View its database information page for more details.
  2. Engineering Village
    The platform provides access to multiple databases for latest applied science and engineering research developments namely Compendex, Inspec and NTIS. It also provides access to CRCEngNetbase and Referex e-book package, patents produced European Patent Office (EPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). View its database information page for more details.
  3. Springerlink
    This site provides access to STM journals, e-books and reference titles published by Springer. Subject collections Materials Science. View its database information page for more details.

Access the full list of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering databases.

Related databases

  1. Emerald Management Xtra & EBSCOhost
    Both databases provide information on the policy and management aspects of engineering. ViewEmerald’s database information page for more details. View Ebscohost’s database information page for more details.
  2. Scopus
    This is a multidisciplinary database that covers Engineering, Science, Economics and Social Sciences literature. Also provides access to citation information. Access to the most recent articles and the highly cited articles in Scopus from NTU are also available. View its database information page for more details.
  3. Web of Science
    This site provides access to abstracts and citations drawn from leading professional science and social sciences journals. The database also offers access to articles’ cited references which include government publications and patents. View its database information page for details.
  4. Science Direct
    ScienceDirect is a database for scientific research that contains publications from Elsevier. In addition, ScienceDirect contains the full text of a number of book series. Subject areas include social sciences; economics, econometrics and finance; environmental science; arts and humanities; decision sciences; business, management and accounting; agricultural and biological sciences.
    View its database information page for details.
  5. SPIE Digital Library
    Fulltext access to the journals and the proceedings of the International Society of Optical Engineering. Subjects covered are Biomedical engineering. Microelectronics, Optoelectronics, & Micromachining, Electronic Imaging, Displays, & Medical Imaging, Lasers & Applications etc. Viewits database information page for details.
  6. IEC Collection
    The IEC collection, available through IHS Engineering Resource Center (ERC) via Specs & Standards, is published by International Electrotechnical Commission, which is a leading global organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. View its database information page for details.
  7. USPTO Patent database
    This is a free database which contains over 3,000,000 patents from 1976 to the present in full-text. View its database information page for more details.

An academic journal is the dominant communication medium for disseminating and sharing research findings particularly in science and engineering. There are a couple of ways to look for journal articles at the library:


NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list

If you have a specific journal in mind, always try to find the electronic copy in the NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list first. There are 4 ways to search the A-to-Z list:


  1. Browse the index of e-journal providers (if you are familiar with the journal publishers like Wiley, Elsevier and etc)
  2. Search for titles subscribed by the library. E-journal title search can be Title Name, Publisher Name, ISSN, Subjects or all of the above
  3. Browse by subjects
  4. Browse a list of free e-journals

The search result will present the databases that the journal can be found in and the period covered. Click on the database title to proceed.



If you do not have a specific journal in mind and just want to search on a specific subject or topic, use databases relevant to MAE instead.


Print Journals

We also have the print equivalent of some journals. Current print journals are physically located at level 2 and bound journals (i.e. older issues) are at level 5 in the Lee Wee Nam Library. You can browse the shelves to see what are available. Moreover, many older issues of journals are still not available in digital format. Therefore it is good to know how to find them.

If you have a specific title in mind, find the call number and location via the library catalogue. Search using the journal title and selecting to search by JOURNAL TITLE from the drop down menu.

Important Note: Articles titles are not searchable in the library catalogue. You can only search for the journal titles.


Journal Ranking

Top Cited Mechanical Engineering Journals according to ISI Impact Factor 2009

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You can store the references to all the journal articles you find useful using a bibliographic software such as EndNote. Learn more about EndNote.



The Audio Visual collection is located in the Business Library at Level B2 . Staff and Masters/PhD students can borrow the titles home while undergraduate students can approach the service desk to borrow a title and view it in within the library.


Some of the Mechanical Engineering AV titles are listed below. Click on the titles to access the catalogue records of these titles.

For more information on how to search for AV titles in Library catalogue, please visit the step by step instruction guide.

  1. HVAC and refigeration: principles [videorecording]
    Call No.: C511450
  2. Electronics packaging & manufacturing [videorecording]
  3. Engineering management: skills for a changing world [videorecording]
    Call No.: E509008
  4. A live satellite broadcast on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS): case studies of commercial products [videorecording]
    Call No.: E507424
  5. Solving wear and lubrication problems [videorecording]
    Call No.: A508830
  6. Mechanical & non destructive testing [videorecording]
    Call No.: TA410.M486N
  7. Concepts of silicon surface micromachining [videorecording]
    Call No.: QC173.4.S94C744
  8. Hydroforming [videorecording]
    Call No.: TS205.H995
  9. Fundamental manufacturing processes. Fastening and assembly [videorecording]
    Cal No.: A511270
  10. The deterministic approach in precision engineering [videorecording]
    Call No.: F510844
Web Resources

Here are some selected web resources on Mechanical Engineering.

Content at a glance

Institutions and Societies
Search Engines
Discussion Forums and News Groups
Directory of Resources

Institutions and Societies

  1. IME
    The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is 160 years old and is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK. It has 80,000 members who work at the heart of the country’s most important and dynamic industries.
  2. ASME
    Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers is a not-for-profit professional organization . ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.
  3. SME
    The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world’s leading professional society advancing manufacturing knowledge and influencing more than half a million manufacturing practitioners annually.
  4. American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
    The Society is organized for the sole purpose of advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration for the public’s benefit through research, standards writing, continuing education, and publications.
  5. American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE)
    A not-for-profit professional and technical organization of members worldwide interested in engineering knowledge and technology for food and agriculture, associated industries, and related resources.
  6. SAE
    SAE International is your one-stop resource for technical information and expertise used in designing, building, maintaining, and operating self-propelled vehicles for use on land or sea, in air or space.
  7. ASES
    Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the America’s leading association of solar professionals & advocates. Its mission is to inspire an era of energy innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy.
  8. SPE
    The Society of Plastics Engineers is home to nearly 20,000 plastics professionals in more than 70 countries around the world. SPE is the “go to” resource for plastics technical information.
  9. IFMBE
    The objectives of the IFMBE are scientific, technological, literary, and educational. Within the field of medical, biological and clinical engineering IFMBE’s aims are to encourage research and the application of knowledge, and to disseminate information and promote collaboration.
  10. ASTM
    ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world-a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services.

Search Engines

  1. Engineering Pathway
    A site offering teaching and learning materials in engineering contributed by staff and students from leading educational institutions.
  2. Intute
    Free online service created by a consortium of seven UK universities, providing access to technology web resources.
  3. Scirus
    Comprehensive Scientific specific search engine on the internet
  4. Scitopia
    A free, federated search portal initiated by the collaboration of 15 leading science and technology societies.
  5. TechXtra
    A free service which can help you find articles, books, the best websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, thesis & dissertations etc in engineering, and computing.
  6. Infomine
    A virtual library of internet resources compiled by US librarians.

Discussion Forums and News Groups

  1. Engineers Edge
    A forum for Engineers to find solutions in design, engineering & manufacturing resource.
  2. Eng-Tips Forums
    Access discussions in Mechanical Engineering area for topics on design/production engineering, manufacturing and more.

Directories of Sources

Mechanical Engineering websites

  1. Applied Science and Engineering Laboratories at the University of Delaware
    The Applied Science and Engineering Laboratories (ASEL) is a program jointly operated by theduPont Hospital for Children of the A.I. duPont Institute of the Nemours Foundation and the University of Delaware. The ASEL focuses on research and development, as well as public policy and systems change, relating to the use of advanced rehabilitation and assistive technology by people with disabilities.
  2. Computational Fluid Dynamics Resources Online
    This is a collection of links to electronic information related to computational fluid dynamics. The aim is to give an overview of the vast resources available on the net for people working with CFD.
  3. MEMS Clearinghouse
    The MEMS Clearinghouse was established to be a repository of information about MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) and to foster communication and the sharing of data within the MEMS community. It is run by the CHIME Project of the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute under sponsorship from the Advanced Research Projects Agency/ETO.
  4. The Shock & Vibration Information Analysis Center
    “SAVIAC – The Shock and Vibration Information Analysis Center – is a contractor-operated activity sponsored by and operated for the Government structural dynamics community. Its purpose is to serve as a central information resource for Government activities, contractors and academics concerned with structural dynamic analysis, design and testing, and related environmental effects. SAVIAC is operated by Booz-Allen & Hamilton under contract to the US Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station.”

General Information Sites

  1. BUBL: Mechanical Engineering
    The page for mechanical engineering sites from the BUBL Information Services.
  2. Cybertown: Engineering
    A collection of engineering sites from the Cybertown website.
  3. Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library
    The EEVL provides a central access point to networked Engineering information for the UK higher education and research community.
  4. ICE: Internet Connections for Engineering: Mechanical Engineering
    Part of the ICE collection maintained at Cornell University. One of the best collections of related sites.
  5. Galaxy: Mechanical Engineering
    The Tradewave Galaxy listing of resources in mechanical engineering.
  6. Yahoo: Mechanical Enginering
    The Yahoo site of resources in mechanical engineering.

Reserves / RBR titles / Red-spot books are the recommended textbooks for your course modules selected by your lecturers.


Browsing the Reserves collection

Reserve titles for Engineering and Science are located in the Reserves section in the Lee Wee Nam Library at Level 3. They are marked for 2-hour loan each and are easily identified by the red spot on their book spine.

RBR titles are borrowed using the self-service machines within the Reserves section itself. For your information, overdue fines for RBR titles are set at $0.50 per hour.


Searching for Reserve titles

NTU Library Catalogue has the list of course reserve titles and these can be retrieved using the assigned Course Number, Course Name or by Instructor.

  1. Go to the Library Catalogue and click the Reserves tab on the top right-hand side
  2. Key in the course code
  3. Click Lookup Items on Reserve by Course Number


A quick glance

View the entire list of reserved titles held at Lee Wee Nam Library. This list includes books that are recommended by the school.

You might have to refine the search by selecting “Mechanical Engineering” (see figure below).

Student Works

The Library collects student works in the Digital Repository, DR-NTU (Restricted Access). The collection from MAE (Aerospace) includes both Final year project reports and industrial attachment reports (except confidential reports). You can access these collections by logging in with your NTU network username and password.

Similarly, you can use DR-NTU to help you to access to Examination Question Papers and theses.


Final Year Projects

View the Collection Page of MAE Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI) to access the search interface. At the interface below, enter your known search terms and click Go; alternatively browse the collection by author, title, subject and date.


Professional Internship Reports

MAE Professional Internship reports are selected by PI supervisors and permissions are obtained from host organizations before being uploaded to DR-NTU (Restricted Access).

As such, there are only a limited number of reports available for reference. View the list of professional internship reports for School of MAE.


Staff Publications

DR-NTU Open Access aims to capture, store and preserve the scholarly output of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and make it available to the global research community. The journal article and conference paper publications of NTU faculty in the DR-NTU Open Access collection are searchable using internet search engines such as Google.

MAE Staff Papers

Access available MAE staff papers.

Many publishers allow self archiving of publications in institutional repositories. You may refer to the copyright policies and archiving guidelines from Sherpa Romeo for more information on these publishers.

If you would like to submit your journal article or conference paper for inclusion into the MAE collection, please see the instructions about submissions to DR-NTU or contact me.

Browse current submissions to the DR-NTU from the NTU Engineering community.

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