Materials and the Environment

Materials and the Environment

Eco-informed Material Choice

3rd Edition - December 21, 2020

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  • Author: Michael Ashby
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128215210
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128215265

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Materials and the Environment, Third Edition, discusses the history of our increasing dependence on materials and energy. The book explains where materials come from and how they are used in a variety of industries, along with their lifecycle and relationship to energy and carbon. In addition, it covers the controls and economic instruments that hinder the use of engineering materials, considers sustainability from a materials perspective, and highlights the importance of low-carbon power and material efficiency. Further sections cover the mechanical, thermal and electrical properties of engineering metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and natural materials and their relationship to environmental issues. This book is intended for instructors and students of Engineering, Materials Science and Industrial/Product Design, as well as for materials engineers and product designers who need to consider the environmental implications of materials in their designs.

Key Features

  • Introduces methods and tools for thinking about, and designing with, materials within the context of their role in products and the environmental consequences
  • Contains numerous case studies showing how the methods discussed in the book can be applied to real-world situations
  • Includes full-color datasheets for dozens of the most widely used materials, featuring such environmentally relevant information as their annual production and reserves, embodied energy and process energies, carbon footprints, and recycling data


Students of Engineering, Materials Science and Industrial/Product Design

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: material dependence

    2. Resource consumption and its drivers

    3. The materials life-cycle

    4. End of first life: a problem or a resource?

    5. The long reach of legislation

    6. Eco-data: values, sources, precision

    7. Eco-audits and eco-audit tools

    8. Case studies: eco-audits

    9. Material selection strategies

    10. Eco-informed material selection

    11. Renewable materials, Natural materials

    12. Criticality and Supply-Chain Risk

    13. Circular Materials Economics

    14. Materials and Sustainability

Product details

  • No. of pages: 448
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2021
  • Published: December 21, 2020
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128215210
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128215265

About the Author

Michael Ashby

Michael Ashby
Mike Ashby is one of the world’s foremost authorities on materials selection. He 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, Materials and Sustainable Development, and Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design. He is also co-author of the books Engineering Materials 1&2, and Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge, and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UK

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  • St R. Fri Jan 28 2022

    Tribology International

    Very interesting.