Multi-criteria Decision Analysis for Supporting the Selection of Engineering Materials in Product Design

By

  • Ali Jahan, Ph.D., Department of Industrial Engineering, Semnan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Semnan, Iran
  • Kevin Edwards, Ph.D., School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University, Birmingham, UK; Editor-in-Chief, Elsevier's journal Materials and Design

This book describes the growing field of multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) as applied to materials selection in product design. Useful in academic and research contexts, as well as to practitioners in materials engineering and design, it aids readers in producing successful designs by improving the decision-making process in materials selection.

It is a constant challenge for designers, even when educated in the fundamentals of materials and mechanical engineering, to select the best materials to satisfy complex design problems. Current approaches to materials selection range from the use of intuition and experience to computer-based methods including electronic databases and search engines. Increasingly, MCDM methods are proving effective in materials selection for complex design problems. These methods supplement existing quantitative methods, such as selection charts, by allowing simultaneous consideration of design attributes, component configurations and types of material.

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Audience

This book is intended for researchers in materials engineering disciplines and in operational research in the area of multi criteria decision analysis. It can also be used as a reference text for engineering practitioners (from aerospace to biomedical) to help select the best material(s) for advanced design applications.

 

Book information

  • Published: March 2013
  • Imprint: BUTTERWORTH HEINEMANN
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-099386-7

Reviews

"This book describes the growing field of multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) as applied to materials selection in product design. Useful in academic and research contexts, as well as to practitioners in materials engineering and design, it aids readers in producing successful designs by improving the decision-making process in materials selection."--MaterialsToday.com, December 17, 2013
"Jahan and Edwards review different approaches to selecting the most suitable material for the design of a component, and introduce multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) methods for ranking materials when complex multiple criteria need to be considered simultaneously."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013




Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Screening of Materials
  3. Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) for Materials Selection
  4. MADM for Ranking of Candidate Materials
  5. Case Studies of Using Materials Ranking
  6. Future Developments