Engineering Materials 1

4th Edition

An Introduction to Properties, Applications and Design

Authors: D R H Jones Michael Ashby
Paperback ISBN: 9780080966656
eBook ISBN: 9780080966663
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 26th September 2011
Page Count: 496
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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.

Key Features

  • Many new design case studies and design-based examples
  • Revised and expanded treatments of stress–strain, fatigue, creep, and corrosion
  • Additional worked examples—to consolidate, develop, and challenge
  • Compendia of results for elastic beams, plastic moments, and stress intensity factors
  • Many new photographs and links to Google Earth, websites, and video clips
  • Accompanying companion site with access to instructors’ resources, including a suite of interactive materials science tutorials, a solutions manual, and an image bank of figures from the book


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

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition

General Introduction

Chapter 1. Engineering Materials and Their Properties

1.1. Introduction

1.2. Examples of Materials Selection

Chapter 2. The Price and Availability of Materials

2.1. Introduction

2.2. Data for material prices

2.3. The use-pattern of materials

2.4. Ubiquitous materials

2.5. Exponential growth and consumption doubling-time

2.6. Resource availability

2.7. The future

2.8. Conclusion

Chapter 3. The Elastic Moduli

3.1. Introduction

3.2. Definition of Stress

3.3. Definition of Strain

3.4. Hooke's Law

3.5. Measurement of Young's Modulus

3.6. Data for Young's Modulus

Chapter 4. Bonding between Atoms

4.1. Introduction

4.2. Primary bonds

4.3. Secondary bonds

4.4. The condensed states of matter

4.5. Interatomic forces

Chapter 5. Packing of Atoms in Solids

5.1. Introduction

5.2. Atom Packing in Crystals

5.3. Close-Packed Structures and Crystal Energies

5.4. Crystallography

5.5. Plane Indices

5.6. Direction Indices

5.7. Other Simple Important Crystal Structures

5.8. Atom Packing in Polymers

5.9. Atom Packing in Inorganic Glasses

5.10. The Density of Solids

Chapter 6. The Physical Basis of Young's Modulus

6.1. Introduction

6.2. Moduli of Crystals

6.3. Rubbers and the Glass Transition Temperature

6.4. Composites

Chapter 7. Case Studies in Modulus-Limited Design

7.1. Case Study 1: Selecting Materials for Racing Yacht Masts

7.2. Case Study 2: Designing a Mirror for a Large Reflecting Telescope

7.3. Case Study 3: The Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster

Chapter 8. Yield Strength, Tensile Strength, and Ductility

8.1. Intr


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About the Author

D R H Jones

Dr. Jones is co-author of Engineering Materials 1 and 2 and lead author for the 3rd and 4th editions. He was the founder editor of Elsevier's journal Engineering Failure Analysis, and founder chair of Elsevier's International Conference on Engineering Failure Analysis series. His research interests are in materials engineering, and along with serving as President of Christ's College at the University of Cambridge he now works internationally advising major companies and legal firms on failures of large steel structures.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Christ's College, Cambridge, UK

Michael Ashby

Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus at Cambridge University and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UK Mike Ashby is sole or lead author of several of Elsevier’s top selling engineering textbooks, including Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Materials and the Environment, and Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design. He is also coauthor of the books Engineering Materials 1&2, and Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK


"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