RESEARCH PAPERS: Design Technology

Dimensional Analysis in Design

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J. R. Schnittger

Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, WPI, Worcester, Mass.

J. Vib., Acoust., Stress, and Reliab 110(3), 401-407 (Jul 01, 1988) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3269533 History: Received May 14, 1986; Online November 23, 2009


New guidelines for dimensional analysis remove traditional road-blocks to its widespread use in mechanical design. Cases, with or without prior formula given, are exposed as well as those with a governing differential equation. The examples include bevel gear, helical spring, centrifugal pump, journal bearing, vibration of turbine blades, and a disk brake. A matrix method to determine nondimensional groups is reviewed.

Copyright © 1988 by ASME
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