Engineering Materials

Engineering Materials

Volume 3

1st Edition - January 1, 1988

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  • Author: W. Bolton
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483183077

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Engineering Materials 3 deals with a variety of engineering materials such as metals, polymeric materials, and ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. The mechanical properties of metals and polymeric materials are also discussed, along with the alloying of metals. Comprised of six chapters, this volume begins with an introduction to the mechanical properties of metals such as elasticity, plasticity, and malleability. Tensile testing, hardness measurements, impact testing, fatigue testing, and creep measurements are considered. Subsequent chapters focus on the mechanical properties of polymeric materials, with emphasis on the effects of temperature and age on mechanical properties; the process of alloying metals; and properties of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. The book concludes with an overview of the basic structures of polymers; the effect of polymer crystallinity on polymer properties; how the properties of polymers may be modified by additives; and the properties and applications of common elastomers. This monograph is intended for engineering students who want to gain a basic understanding of the alloying of metals and an awareness of the materials commonly used in engineering, as well as their properties and applications.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1 Mechanical Properties of Metals

    Mechanical Properties

    The Tensile Test

    Hardness Measurements

    Impact Tests


    Fatigue Tests

    Long-Term Behaviour - Creep

    Which Mechanical Property?


    2 Mechanical Properties of Polymeric Materials

    Polymeric Materials

    Mechanical Properties

    The Tensile Test

    Creep Behaviour of Plastics

    Hardness Measurements

    Impact Tests

    Fatigue Properties of Plastics

    Service Requirements


    3 Alloying of Metals


    Iron alloys

    Copper Alloys

    Mixtures, Solutions and Compounds

    Solubility and Precipitation


    Alloy Types

    Equilibrium Diagram


    4 Ferrous Alloys

    The Iron-Carbon System

    Alloy Steels

    Critical Change Points

    Heat Treatment of Steel


    Heat Treatment Equipment


    5 Non-Ferrous Alloys


    Aluminium Alloys


    Copper Alloys


    Magnesium Alloys


    Nickel Alloys


    Titanium Alloys


    Zinc Alloys

    Comparison of Non-Ferrous Alloys

    Precipitation Hardening


    6 Polymeric Materials


    Structure of Polymers

    Glass Transition Temperature

    Effects of Temperature and Time on Mechanical Properties

    Temperature and Polymer Use




    Common Thermoplastics and their Properties

    Thermosetting Polymers


    Polymer Foams

    Polymer Based Sandwich Materials

    Polymer Composites



Product details

  • No. of pages: 124
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1988
  • Published: January 1, 1988
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483183077

About the Author

W. Bolton

Former Lecturer at Buckingham Chilterns University College, High Wycombe, UK, and now retired, William Bolton has worked in industry and academia as a senior lecturer in a college of technology, a member of the Nuffield Advanced Physics team, an adviser to a British government aid project in Brazil on technical education, as a UNESCO consultant in Argentina and Thailand, and as Head of Research and Development at the Business and Technician Education Council. He has written many engineering textbooks, including Mechatronics, 4th ed., Engineering Science, 5th ed., Higher Engineering Science, 2nd ed., Mechanical Science, 3rd ed., and Instrumentation and Control Systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Lecturer, Buckingham Chilterns University College, High Wycombe, UK

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