Engineering Materials 1

An Introduction to Properties, Applications and Design


  • D R H Jones
  • Michael Ashby

Widely adopted around the world, Engineering Materials 1 is a core materials science and engineering text for third- and fourth-year undergraduate students; it provides a broad introduction to the mechanical and environmental properties of materials used in a wide range of engineering applications. The text is deliberately concise, with each chapter designed to cover the content of one lecture. As in previous editions, chapters are arranged in groups dealing with particular classes of properties, each group covering property definitions, measurement, underlying principles, and materials selection techniques. Every group concludes with a chapter of case studies that demonstrate practical engineering problems involving materials. Engineering Materials 1, Fourth Edition is perfect as a stand-alone text for a one-semester course in engineering materials or a first text with its companion Engineering Materials 2: An Introduction to Microstructures and Processing, in a two-semester course or sequence.
View full description


Mid and senior undergraduate level courses, taught masters courses in departments of mechanical engineering; materials sciences; manufacturing; engineering design; materials design; product design; aeronautical engineering; engineering sciences. Particularly suitable as a one-semester course text.


Book information

  • Published: September 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-096665-6


"Ashby (emeritus) and Jones (both Cambridge U.) have made considerable changes to the 2005 third edition (the first edition was published in 1980), among them new illustrative photographs, references to reliable websites, and worked examples to many of the chapters. The textbook is for a first course on materials for undergraduate engineering students, holding up one corner of a curriculum that includes design, mechanics, and structures. It covers price and availability; the elastic moduli; yield strength, tensile strength, and ductility; fast fracture, brittle fracture, and toughness; fatigue failure; creep deformation and fracture; oxidation and corrosion; and friction, abrasion, and wear."--Reference and Research News, October 2012

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Engineering Materials and Their Properties

Part A: Price and Availability
Chapter 2 - The Price and Availability of MaterialsPart B: The Elastic Moduli
Chapter 3 - The Elastic Moduli
Chapter 4 - Bonding between Atoms
Chapter 5 - Packing of Atoms in Solids
Chapter 6 - The Physical Basis of Young's Modulus
Chapter 7 - Case Studies in Modulus-Limited DesignPart C: Yield Strength, Tensile Strength, and Ductility
Chapter 8 - Yield Strength, Tensile Strength, and Ductility
Chapter 9 - Dislocations and Yielding in Crystals
Chapter 10 - Strengthening Methods and Plasticity of Polycrystals
Chapter 11 - Continuum Aspects of Plastic Flow
Chapter 12 - Case Studies in Yield-Limited DesignPart D: Fast Fracture, Brittle Facture, and Toughness
Chapter 13 - Fast Fracture and Toughness
Chapter 14 - Micromechanisms of Fast Fracture
Chapter 15 - Probabilistic Fracture of Brittle Materials
Chapter 16 - Case Studies in FracturePart E: Fatigue Failure
Chapter 17 - Fatigue Failure
Chapter 18 - Fatigue Design
Chapter 19 - Case Studies in Fatigue FailurePart F: Creep Deformation and Fracture
Chapter 20 - Creep and Creep Fracture
Chapter 21 - Kinetic Theory of Diffusion
Chapter 22 - Mechanisms of Creep, and Creep-Resistant Materials
Chapter 23 - The Turbine Blade--A Case Study in Creep-Limited DesignPart G: Oxidation and Corrosion
Chapter 24 - Oxidation of Materials
Chapter 25 - Case Studies in Dry Oxidation
Chapter 26 - Wet Corrosion of Materials
Chapter 27 - Case Studies in Wet CorrosionPart H: Friction, Abrasion, and Wear
Chapter 28 - Friction and Wear
Chapter 29 - Case Studies in Friction and Wear
Chapter 30 - Final Case Study: Materials and Energy in Car DesignAppendix - Symbols and Formulae