Engineering Materials Vol. 1 – Michael F. Ashby, David R. Jones – 2nd Edition


This gives a broad introduction to the of used in applications and is intended to provide a course in for engineering with no previous background in the subject.

Engineering disasters are frequently caused by the misuse of materials and so it is vital that every engineer should understand the properties of these materials, their limitations and how to select materials which best fit the demands of his .

The chapters are arranged in groups, each group describing a particular class of properties: the Elastic Moduli; the Fracture Toughness; Resistance to Corrosion; and so forth. Each group of chapters starts by defining the property, describing how it is measured, and providing a table of data for solving involving the selection and use of materials.

Then the basic underlying each property is examined to provide the with which to design materials with better properties. Each chapter group ends with a case study of practical application and each chapter ends with a list of books for further reading.

To further aid the , there are sets of examples (with answers) at the end of the book intended to consolidate or develop a particular point covered in the text. There is also a list of useful aids and demonstrations ( how to prepare them) in order to facilitate teaching of the material.

Table of Content

General Introduction: Engineering Materials and their Properties
Part A
The Price and Availability of Materials

Part B
The Elastic Moduli
Bonding Between Atoms
Packing of Atoms in Solids
The Physical Basis of Young's Modulus
Case Studies of Modulus-limited Design

Part C
Yield Strength, Tensile Strength, Hardness and Ductility
Dislocations and Yielding in Crystals
Strengthening Methods and Plasticity of Polycrystals
Continuum Aspects of Plastic Flow
Case Studies in Yield-limited Design

Part D
Fast Fracture, Toughness and Fatigue
Fast Fracture and Toughness
Micromechanisms of Fast Fracture
Fatigue Failure
Case Studies in Fast Fracture and Fatigue Failure

Part E
Creep Deformation and Fracture
Creep and Creep Failure
Kinetic Theory of Diffusion
Mechanisms of Creep and Creep-resistant Materials
The Turbine Blade - a Case Study in Creep-limited Design

Part F
Oxidation and Corrosion
Oxidation of Materials
Case Studies in Dry Oxidation
Wet Corrosion of Materials
Case Studies in Wet Corrosion

Part G
Friction and Wear
Case Studies in Friction and Wear
Final Case Study - Materials and Energy in Car Design

Appendix 1 - Example Questions with Answers
Appendix 2 - Teaching Aids and Demonstrations
Appendix 3 - Symbols and Formulae

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