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37 Mechanical Engineering

Includes mechanical devices and equipment; machine elements and processes. For cases where the application of a device or the host vehicle is emphasized see also the specific category where the application or vehicle is treated. For robotics see 63 Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics; and 54 Man/System Technology and Life Support.

Definition

Mechanical Engineering – Branch of engineering dealing with the design, development and operation of machines including mechanical devices and prime movers, vehicles, machine tools, and manufacturing machinery. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : Design, development, and testing of all mechanical devices, equipment, and systems that are applied to launch vehicles, spacecraft, space stations, or aerospace support equipment.

Selective Interest : Potential aerospace applications of machine elements and processes, manufacturing processes, nonpower auxiliary systems, and equipment.

 

Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • airbreathing engines (non-aircraft)
  • auxiliary systems (mechanical)
  • bearings
  • bonding
  • Brayton cycle turbines (mechanical engineering)
  • brazing
  • cams
  • centrifugal compressors (non-aircraft)
  • centrifugal pumps
  • ceramic engines
  • cladding
  • clutches
  • coatings
  • compression ignition engines (non-aircraft)
  • containers
  • dies
  • diesel engines (non-aircraft)
  • drives
  • electrodeposition
  • electron beam welding
  • electroplating
  • fasteners
  • filters (mechanical)
  • fittings
  • fixtures
  • flywheels
  • friction measurement
  • friction phenomena
  • friction stir welding
  • friction welding
  • gaskets
  • gasoline engines (non-aircraft)
  • gears
  • grinding
  • heat pumps
  • heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • hydraulic systems (general)
  • impact phenomena
  • impact testing
  • internal combustion engines (non-aircraft)
  • joining
  • laser welding
  • lubrication
  • machine elements
  • machine processes
  • machinery
  • machining
  • manufacturing processes
  • materials fabrication
  • materials forming
  • materials handling
  • materials manufacturing
  • mechanical engineering
  • mechanical equipment
  • mechanics (practical)
  • metal forming
  • micromachining
  • mounts (supports)
  • nanodevices (mechanical)
  • packaging
  • packing (machine elements)
  • piston engines (non-aircraft)
  • plasma spraying
  • plating
  • pneumatic systems (general)
  • powertrains
  • pressure vessels
  • pumps (non-aircraft)
  • reaction wheels
  • reciprocating engines (non-aircraft)
  • refrigeration
  • robotics (hardware)
  • rollers
  • rotary engines (non-aircraft)
  • seals (stoppers)
  • servomechanisms (mechanical aspects)
  • shafts (machine elements)
  • spark ignition engines (non-aircraft)
  • springs (mechanical)
  • Stirling cycle engines (non-aircraft)
  • throttle controls (non-aircraft)
  • tools
  • tribology
  • turbine engines (non-aircraft)
  • vacuum forming
  • valves
  • welding techniques