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This volume presents the third release of the Mechanical Engineer's Handbook and is made of two parts. The first part of the book called Materials consists of fourteen chapters covering all materials, including metals and plastics, ceramics, composite materials and even smart materials. Among the metals covered there are steels, including carbon steel, alloy steel and stainless steel, aluminum, copper, titanium, nickel together with their alloys. The original intent of all of the chapters dedicated to the materials was to provide readers with the professional advice of the typical use of these materials and criteria making them suitable for the particular specific purposes. Subject part of the volume concludes with a separate chapter addressing the sources of materials data, in order to guide the readers on finding reliable data related to the properties of materials; moreover, there is one chapter on the established analytical methods of selection of the materials, providing them with the proven techniques for specifying the suitable materials. The second part of the book is dealing with the mechanical design; it consists of twenty-two chapters covering a very wide range of relevant topics including the basics of stress analysis, the FEM, shock and vibration, measurement and controlling the noise, quality enhancement, elimination of the defects and so many other important aspects.