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


This book gives a broad introduction to the properties of materials used in engineering applications and is intended to provide a course in engineering materials for engineering students 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 design.

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 problems involving the selection and use of materials.

Then the basic science underlying each property is examined to provide the knowledge 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 student, 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 (including how to prepare them) in order to facilitate teaching of the material.

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  • 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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