FACT Mechanical-Engineering Contributed by Meenakshi updated on May 2019

Mechanical Engineering Questions For Practice  All PSU-Non-IT companies Examination


1.  Which is the common element between brass and bronze ?

Ans. Copper

2.  What does following alloy designation indicate FG 250 ?

Ans. Grey cast iron with tensile strength of 250 MPa.

 3.  How is ceramic defined ?

Ans.  It is a solid formed by combination of metallic and non-metallic elements.

 4.  Give one example of metal classified as per structure as BCC, FCC, HCP and CCP.

Ans.  BCC (body centred cubic) structure — Molybdenum

FCC (face centred cubic) structure — Aluminium

HCP (hexagonal closed packed) structure — Zinc

CCP (cubic closed packed) structure — Copper.

 5.  What is the name of solid solution of carbon in alpha iron and delta iron ?

Ans.  Ferrite and austenite respectively.

 6.  Explain the difference between pearlite and cementile ?

Ans.  Pearlite is eutectoid mixture of ferrite and cementile.  Cementite is chemical compound of iron and carbon.

 7.   Give one example each of the following proportion of materials-dimensional, physical, technological and mechanical.

Ans.  Roughness, enthalpy, toughness, and hardness respectively.

 8.  For which parts the Wahl factor and Lewis form factor used ?

Ans.  For springs and gears respectively.

 9.  How oxygen can be removed from steel during melting ? What are fully killed steels ?

Ans.  Oxygen can be removed by adding elements such as manganese, silicon or aluminium which, because of their high affinity for oxygen, react with it to form non-metallic oxides which rise into the slag.  Steels which have had most of their dissolved oxygen removed are called "fully killed steels".

 10.  Hydrogen cannot be removed easily from molten steel. What harm hydrogen has on property of steel ?

Ans.  Execessive hydrogen results in the formation of small fissures often described as hairline cracks or flakes in the steel. Large forgings in alloy steel are particularly sensitive to this phenomenon.

 11.  What is allotrope ?  In what forms of cubic pattern, iron exists ?

Ans.  Some elements exist in more than one crystalline form.  Each form is known as "allotrope".  Iron exists in two forms of cubic pattern, namely body centered cubic (bcc) and face-centered cubic (fcc).

 12.  What is the difference between alpha iron, delta iron and gamma iron ?

Ans.  The bcc form of iron exists between room temperature and 9100 C, and between 14000 C and the melting point at 15390 C. The lower temperature form is know as "alpha"-iron and the higher temperature form as "delta"-iron.  The face-centered cubic form existing between 910 C and 1400 C is referred to as "gamma-iron".

 13.  Metals, in general are of low strength and do not possess required physio-chemical and technological properties for a definite purpose. Alloys are therefore more than metals alone.  Discuss the arrangement of atoms and structures of alloys.

Ans.  Alloys are produced by melting or sintering two ore more metals, or metals and a non metal, together.  Alloys possess typical properties inherent in the metallic state. The chemical elements that make up an alloy are called its components.  An alloy can consist of two or more components.  The phase and structures of alloys describe the constitution, transformations and properties of metals and alloys.  A combination of phases in a state of equilibrium is called a system. A phase is a homogeneous portion of a system having the same composition and the same state of aggregation throughout its volume, and separated from the other portions of the system by interfaces.  For instance, a homogeneous pure metal or alloy is a single-phase system.  A state in which a liquid alloy (or metal) coexists with its crystals is a two-phase system. Structure refers to the shape, size or the mutual arrangement of the corresponding phases in metals or alloys.  The structural components of an alloy are its individual portions, each having a single structure with its characteristic features.

 14.  What is the difference between isotropic material and homogeneous material ?

Ans.  In homogeneous material the composition is same throughout and in isotropic material the elastic constants are same in all directions.

 15.  Explain the difference between the points of inflexion and contra flexure.

Ans.  At points of inflexion in a loaded beam the bending moment is zero and at points of contra flexure in loaded beam the bending moment changes sign from increasing to decreasing.

 16.  What is the difference between proof resilience and modulus of resilience ?

Ans.  Proof resilience is the maximum strain energy that can be stored in a material without permanent deformation. Modulus of resilience is the maximum  strain energy stored in a material per unit volume.

 17.  What is the difference between column and strut ?

Ans.  Both column and strut carry compressive load. Column is always vertical but strut as member of structure could carry axial compressive load in any direction.

 18.  Explain the difference between ferrite, austenite and graphite ?

Ans.  Ferrite is the solid solution of carbon and other constituents in alpha-iron. It is soft, ductile and relatively weak.

         Austenite  is the solid solution of carbon and other constituents in gamma-iron. It exists in ordinary steels at elevated temperatures, but it is also found at ordinary temperatures in some stainless steels.

Graphite has a hexagonal layer lattice.

 19.  Explain the terms-solid solution, eutectic, eutectoid and peritectic.

Ans.  Solid Solution.   When a homogeneous mixture of two (or more) atomic forms exists in solid state, it is known as solid solution.

Eutectic.  A mixture of two (or more) phases which solidify simultaneously from the liquid alloy is called an eutectic. Alloys in which the components solidify simultaneously at a constant temperature the lowest for the given system, are called eutectic alloys.

Eutectoid.  Eutectoid alloys are the alloys for which two solid phases which are completely soluble become completely insoluble on cooling before a certain temperature called eutectoid temperature.

Peritectic.  A periectic transformation involves a reaction between a solid and liquid that form a different and new solid phase. This three phase transformation occurs at a point called peritectic point.

 20.  What do you understand by critical points in iron, iron-carbide diagram ?

Ans.  The temperatures at which the phase changes occur are called critical points (or temperatures).