4. Section 4: Basic Mechanical Design

  1. Clifford Matthews

Published Online: 19 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119967958.ch4

Engineers' Data Book, Fourth Edition

Engineers' Data Book, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Matthews, C. (2012) Section 4: Basic Mechanical Design, in Engineers' Data Book, Fourth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119967958.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JAN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119976226

Online ISBN: 9781119967958



  • basic mechanical design;
  • engineering abbreviations, in common use;
  • datums, tolerances, and their principles;
  • engineering components, and toleranced dimensions;
  • general tolerances, features with no specific tolerance;
  • typical tolerances for linear dimensions;
  • tolerancing of holes, whether made in thin sheet;
  • system of tolerancing and screw threads, and tolerance values;
  • system designed, fits between shafts and holes, as limits and fits;
  • surface finish, or ‘surface texture’ for machine elements


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Engineering abbreviations

  • Datums and tolerances – principles

  • Toleranced dimensions

  • General tolerances

  • Holes

  • Screw threads

  • Limits and fits

  • Surface finish