Introduction to Aerospace Materials

1st Edition

Authors: Adrian Mouritz
Paperback ISBN: 9781855739468
eBook ISBN: 9780857095152
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 23rd May 2012
Page Count: 640
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Description

The structural materials used in airframe and propulsion systems influence the cost, performance and safety of aircraft, and an understanding of the wide range of materials used and the issues surrounding them is essential for the student of aerospace engineering.Introduction to aerospace materials reviews the main structural and engine materials used in aircraft, helicopters and spacecraft in terms of their production, properties, performance and applications.

The first three chapters of the book introduce the reader to the range of aerospace materials, focusing on recent developments and requirements. Following these introductory chapters, the book moves on to discuss the properties and production of metals for aerospace structures, including chapters covering strengthening of metal alloys, mechanical testing, and casting, processing and machining of aerospace metals. The next ten chapters look in depth at individual metals including aluminium, titanium, magnesium, steel and superalloys, as well as the properties and processing of polymers, composites and wood. Chapters on performance issues such as fracture, fatigue and corrosion precede a chapter focusing on inspection and structural health monitoring of aerospace materials. Disposal/recycling and materials selection are covered in the final two chapters.

With its comprehensive coverage of the main issues surrounding structural aerospace materials,Introduction to aerospace materials is essential reading for undergraduate students studying aerospace and aeronautical engineering. It will also be a valuable resource for postgraduate students and practising aerospace engineers.

Key Features

  • Reviews the main structural and engine materials used in aircraft, helicopters and space craft in terms of their properties, performance and applications
  • Introduces the reader to the range of aerospace materials, focusing on recent developments and requirements, and discusses the properties and production of metals for aerospace structures
  • Chapters look in depth at individual metals including aluminium, titanium, magnesium, steel and superalloys

Readership

Postgraduate students and practicing aerospace engineers.

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction to aerospace materials

1.1 The importance of aerospace materials

1.2 Understanding aerospace materials

1.3 Introducing the main types of aerospace materials

1.4 What makes for a good aerospace material?

1.5 Summary

Chapter 2: Aerospace materials: past, present and future

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Brief history of aerospace materials

2.3 Materials for the global aerospace industry

2.4 Future advances in aerospace materials

2.5 Summary

Chapter 3: Materials and material requirements for aerospace structures and engines

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Fixed-wing aircraft structures

3.3 Helicopter structures

3.4 Space shuttle structures

3.5 Summary

Chapter 4: Strengthening of metal alloys

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Crystal structure of metals

4.3 Defects in crystal structures

4.4 Strengthening of metals

4.5 Summary

4.6 Terminology

Chapter 5: Mechanical and durability testing of aerospace materials

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Tension test

5.3 Compression test

5.4 Flexure test

5.5 Hardness test

5.6 Fracture test

5.7 Drop-weight impact test

5.8 Fatigue test

5.9 Creep test

5.10 Environmental durability testing

5.11 Certification of aerospace materials

5.12 Summary

5.13 Terminology

Chapter 6: Production and casting of aerospace metals

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Production of metal alloys

6.3 Casting of metal alloys

6.4 Casting processes

6.5 Summary

6.6 Terminology

6.8 Case study: casting defects causing engine disc failure in United Airlines flight 232

Chapter 7: Processing and machining of aerospace metals

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Metal-forming processes

7.3 Hot and cold worki

Details

No. of pages:
640
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Woodhead Publishing 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9780857095152
Paperback ISBN:
9781855739468

About the Author

Adrian Mouritz

Adrian P. Mouritz is Professor of Aerospace Materials at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

Reviews

"This comprehensive undergraduate text is descriptive, mathematical and factual in equal measure…This is a sound, well-written text that encourages one to read on – a text no undergraduate (worth his/her place) would ever call boring."--The Aeronautical Journal, August 2013
"This comprehensive undergraduate text is descriptive, mathematical and factual in equal measure. This is a sound, well-written text that encourages one to read on – a text no undergraduate (worth his/her place) would ever call boring. The book is good value for money."--The Aeronautical Journal