The definitive overview of the science and metallurgy of aluminum, magnesium, titanium and beryllium alloys, this is the only book available covering the background materials science, properties, manufacturing processes and applications of these key engineering metals in a single accessible volume. Use of these metals is now more widespread than ever, and they are routinely found in motor vehicles and aircraft. New material includes materials characteristics and applications; heat treatment properties; fabrication; microstructure/property relationships; new applications and processes.
- The definitive single volume overview
- New material on processing, characteristics and applications of these essential metals
- Covers the latest applications and processes in the auto and aero industries
Reference text for senior undergraduates and postgraduates in materials sciences and physical metallurgy.
The secondary market comprises materials engineers, metallurgists and engineers in industry, in particular in the automotive, aero and industrial components sectors.
Preface; The light metals; Physical metallurgy of aluminum alloys; Wrought aluminum alloys; Cast aluminum alloys; Magnesium alloys; Titanium alloys; New materials and processing methods; Appendix; Index.
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- 11th November 2005
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After a career in industry that included serving as Principal Research Scientist and Leader of the Aircraft Materials Group at Australia’s Aeronautical Research Laboratories, Dr. Polmear moved to academia where he became Chairman of the Department of Materials Science at Monash University as well as a founding member of the Department of Materials Engineering and later Deputy Vice-Chancellor. His research interests – which included precipitation hardening in aluminium alloys, development of high strength alloys for aircraft, metal fatigue and weldable light alloys – led to collaborations with laboratories and industries in Australia, Britain, Switzerland, USA and Germany. He published the first edition of Light Alloys in 1981. Dr. Polmear is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Emeritus Professor in Materials Science, Monash University, Australia
“Like no other single volume, Light Alloys should satisfy students and professionals in learning the fundamentals of aluminum, magnesium, and titanium alloys from various perspectives.” — Light Metal Age, February-March 2006 Review of the previous edition: “The text (of the 3rd Edition) is written in simple and clear style making it easily readable... I recommend it to aspiring and practicing engineers and scientists alike.” — Materials Forum