Aluminum-Lithium Alloys book cover

Aluminum-Lithium Alloys

Processing, Properties, and Applications

Because lithium is the least dense elemental metal, materials scientists and engineers have been working for decades to develop a commercially viable aluminum-lithium (Al-Li) alloy that would be even lighter and stiffer than other aluminum alloys. The first two generations of Al-Li alloys tended to suffer from several problems, including poor ductility and fracture toughness; unreliable properties, fatigue and fracture resistance; and unreliable corrosion resistance.

Now, new third generation Al-Li alloys with significantly reduced lithium content and other improvements are promising a revival for Al-Li applications in modern aircraft and aerospace vehicles. Over the last few years, these newer Al-Li alloys have attracted increasing global interest for widespread applications in the aerospace industry largely because of soaring fuel costs and the development of a new generation of civil and military aircraft. This contributed book, featuring many of the top researchers in the field, is the first up-to-date international reference for Al-Li material research, alloy development, structural design and aerospace systems engineering.


Materials researchers and engineers working in the aluminum and aerospace industries, alloy and structural designers, graduate and post-graduate students in materials science and engineering

Hardbound, 608 Pages

Published: September 2013

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-401698-9


  • Part I: Introduction to Al-Li Alloys

    Ch 1. Historical Development and Present Status of Al-Li Alloys

    Ch 2. Aerostructural Design and its Application to Al-Li Alloys

    Part II: Physical Metallurgy

    Ch 3. Phase Diagrams and Phase Reactions

    Ch 4. Microstructural Evolution in Al-Li Alloys

    Ch 5. Texture and Texture Development in Al-Li Alloys

    Ch. 6 Strengthening Mechanisms

    Part III: Processing Technologies

    Ch 7. Melting and Casting

    Ch 8. Workability: Rolling, Forging, Extrusion and Forming

    Ch 9. Superplasticity in and Superplastic Forming of Al-Li Alloys

    Ch 10. Joining Technologies of Al-Li Alloys

    Part IV: Mechanical Behavior

    Ch 11. Tensile Deformation Behavior and Anisotropy

    Ch 12. Fatigue Behavior

    Ch 13. Fracture Behavior

    Ch 14. Corrosion and SCC Behavior

    Part V: Applications

    Ch 15. Aerospace Applications of Aluminum-Lithium Alloys

    Ch 16. Airworthiness Certification of Metallic Materials



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