The Engineering Language: A Consolidation of the Words and by Ronald Hanifan

By Ronald Hanifan

In contrast to different engineering dictionaries that have a tendency to concentration basically on slender and arcane technical phrases, this dictionary explains the most important, usual phrases present in engineering records and drawings, and explains them in simple, unambiguous English. It additionally explains how a few phrases tackle varied meanings in several engineering contexts - very important whilst engaged on collaborative tasks throughout assorted engineering disciplines. This paintings is predicated on a dictionary that used to be constructed for engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin. each one definition is written in transparent, daily English to prevent complicated jargon and 'techno-speak' difficulties.

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AVAILABILITY (INHERENT) The percentage of time the system is operating when considering only operational time and unscheduled (corrective) maintenance time. AVAILABILITY MODEL A model (or models) that predicts the expected ratio of system up-time to the total operating time. AVAILABILITY (OPERATIONAL) A measure of the degree to which an item is either operating or is capable of operating at any random point in time when used in a typical maintenance and supply environment. AVALANCHE PHOTODIODE (APD) A photodetector used in high-speed (broad bandwidth) lightwave systems.

4) That branch of science and technology concerned with methods and techniques relating to data processing largely performed by automatic means. AUTOMATIC GAIN CONTROL A process or means by which gain is automatically adjusted in a specified manner as a function of input level or another specified parameter. AUTOMATIC TEST EQUIPMENT (ATE) (1) Test, measurement, and diagnostic equipment that performs a program to test functional or static parameters, to evaluate the degree of performance degradation, or to perform fault isolation of unit malfunctions.

APERTURE, EFFECTIVE Equivalent to the diameter of the largest bundle of rays that can be imaged by the optical system. APERTURE, FREE See Aperture, clear. APERTURE, OBJECTIVE See Aperture, clear. APPLICATION CERTIFICATION A formal statement by a mutually approved and authorized agency that an application has successfully undergone some conformance test procedures. APPLICATION IDENTIFIER (AI) The field of two or more characters at the beginning of an Element String that uniquely defines its format and meaning.

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