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Materials and the Environment

Eco-informed Material Choice

Addressing the growing global concern for sustainable engineering, Materials and the Environment, 2e is the only book devoted exclusively to the environmental aspects of materials. It explains the ways in which we depend on and use materials and the consequences these have, and it introduces methods for thinking about and designing with materials within the context of minimizing environmental impact. Along with its noted in-depth coverage of material consumption, the material life-cycle, selection strategies, and legislative aspects, the second edition includes new case studies, important new chapters on Materials for Low Carbon Power and Material Efficiency, all illustrated by in-text examples and expanded exercises. This book is intended for instructors and students as well as materials engineers and product designers who need to consider the environmental implications of materials in their designs.

Students of Engineering, Materials Science and Industrial/Product Design; Materials & Industrial Engineers; Product Designers

Paperback, 628 Pages

Published: March 2012

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-385971-6


  • "I think this is likely to be a very successful text, since it clearly fills an important niche in engineering texts dealing with materials. I have been quite frustrated with the lack of real data available, when discussing how to design products more responsibly...I especially like the emphasis here on the fact that there are no easy answers."--Blaine Lilly, The Ohio State University


  • 1.Introduction - Material Dependence; 2.Resource Consumption and its Drivers; 3.The Material Life Cycle; 4.End of First Life - A Problem or a Resource?; 5.The Long Reach of Legislation; 6.Eco-data - Values, Sources, Precision; 7.Eco-audits and Eco-audit Tools; 8.Case Studies: Eco-audits; 9.Material Selection Strategies; 10.Eco-informed Materials Selection; 11.Sustainability: Living Within Our Means; 12.Materials for Low-Carbon Power; 13.Material Efficiency; 14.The Bigger Picture: Future Options; 15.Material Profiles; Appendix - Useful Numbers and Conversions


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