Light Alloys

From Traditional Alloys to Nanocrystals


  • Ian Polmear, Emeritus Professor in Materials Science, Monash University, Australia
  • David St. John, Ph.D., School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia

The definitive overview of the science and metallurgy of aluminum, magnesium, titanium and beryllium alloys, this is the only book available covering the background materials science, properties, manufacturing processes and applications of these key engineering metals in a single accessible volume. Use of these metals is now more widespread than ever, and they are routinely found in motor vehicles and aircraft. New material includes materials characteristics and applications; heat treatment properties; fabrication; microstructure/property relationships; new applications and processes.
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Reference text for senior undergraduates and postgraduates in materials sciences and physical metallurgy.The secondary market comprises materials engineers, metallurgists and engineers in industry, in particular in the automotive, aero and industrial components sectors.


Book information

  • Published: November 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-6371-7


“Like no other single volume, Light Alloys should satisfy students and professionals in learning the fundamentals of aluminum, magnesium, and titanium alloys from various perspectives.” — Light Metal Age, February-March 2006 Review of the previous edition: “The text (of the 3rd Edition) is written in simple and clear style making it easily readable... I recommend it to aspiring and practicing engineers and scientists alike.” — Materials Forum

Table of Contents

Preface; The light metals; Physical metallurgy of aluminum alloys; Wrought aluminum alloys; Cast aluminum alloys; Magnesium alloys; Titanium alloys; New materials and processing methods; Appendix; Index.