Materials Enabled Designs

Materials Enabled Designs

The Materials Engineering Perspective to Product Design and Manufacturing

1st Edition - April 29, 2009

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  • Author: Michael Pfeifer
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080941837
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780750682879

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There are books aplenty on materials selection criteria for engineering design. Most cover the physical and mechanical properties of specific materials, but few offer much in the way of total product design criteria. This innovative new text/reference will give the “Big picture” view of how materials should be selected—not only for a desired function but also for their ultimate performance, durability, maintenance, replacement costs, and so on. Even such factors as how a material behaves when packaged, shipped, and stored will be taken into consideration. For without that knowledge, a design engineer is often in the dark as to how a particular material used in particular product or process is going to behave over time, how costly it will be, and, ultimately, how successful it will be at doing what is supposed to do. This book delivers that knowledge.

Key Features

* Brief but comprehensive review of major materials functional groups (mechanical, electrical, thermal, chemical) by major material categories (metals, polymers, ceramics, composites)
* Invaluable guidance on selection criteria at early design stage, including such factors as functionality, durability, and availability
* Insight into lifecycle factors that affect choice of materials beyond simple performance specs, including manufacturability, machinability, shelf life, packaging, and even shipping characteristics
* Unique help on writing materials selection specifications


* Materials Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Product Designers and Packagers; Graduate Students in Materials Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Chapter 1 The Materials Engineering Perspective

    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 The Materials Engineering Perspective

    1.3 What is Materials Engineering?

    1.4 Products and Their Materials

    1.5 Product Success and the Materials Engineering Perspective

    1.6 Types of Product Development Projects

    1.7 Companies Applying the Materials Engineering Perspective

    1.8 Costs to Gain Materials Engineering Knowledge

    1.9 Costs of Bad Materials Engineering Decisions

    1.10 The Remainder of the Book


    Chapter 2 Design Requirements

    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Developing Design Requirements

    2.3 Product Design Requirements

    2.4 Subassembly Design Requirements

    2.5 Product Element Design Requirements


    Chapter 3 Selecting Materials

    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Materials Selection Process

    3.3 Identifying Potential Materials

    3.4 Evaluating the Materials

    3.5 Selecting the Materials

    Chapter 4 Material Properties and Materials Science

    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 Material Properties and Material Features

    4.3 Categories of Materials

    4.4 Metals

    4.5 Ceramics

    4.6 Polymers

    4.7 Composites

    4.8 Surfaces

    4.9 Interfaces

    4.10 Defects

    4.11 Materials Information Resources


    Chapter 5 Manufacturing Process Considerations

    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Component Fabrication Processes

    5.3 Overview of Joining Processes

    5.4 Overview of In-Process Structures

    5.5 Process Inputs and Outputs

    5.6 Process Variation and Capability


    Chapter 6 Degradation and Reliability of Materials

    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Modes of Material Degradation and Failure

    6.3 Characterizing the Degradation and Reliability of Materials

    6.4 Accelerated Stress Testing

    6.5 Advantages and Disadvantages of Product Verification and Materials Reliability Testing

    6.6 Testing Protocols

    6.7 Testing Problems


    Chapter 7 Product Planning and Control Documents

    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 Product Planning

    7.3 Control Documents

    7.4 Control Document Information


    Chapter 8 Product Concept Development

    8.1 Introduction

    8.2 Perform Detailed Market Analysis

    8.3 Write Detailed Product Specification

    8.4 Product Concept Generation, Evaluation, and Selection


    Chapter 9 Materials Engineering Considerations for System-Level Design

    9.1 Introduction

    9.2 Design Subassemblies and Product Elements

    9.3 Design Product Elements

    9.4 Develop Sourcing Strategy

    9.5 Select Type II and Type III Suppliers

    9.6 Supplier Proposal Process


    Chapter 10 Detail Design and Testing

    10.1 Introduction

    10.2 Select Custom Subassemblies and Components Suppliers

    10.3 Select Off-the-Shelf Subassemblies and Components

    10.4 Select Materials

    10.5 Manufacturing Process Development

    10.6 Complete Subassembly and Component Specifications

    10.7 Product Verification Testing

    10.8 Root Cause Analysis


    Chapter 11 Production

    11.1 Introduction

    11.2 Improve Manufacturing Yield

    11.3 Cost Reduction

    Chapter 12 Materials Engineering Strategies for the Product Realization Process

    12.1 Introduction

    12.2 Start with Materials That Offer a High Probability of Success

    12.3 Do not Consider Every Material, Component, and Subassembly in the World as Options for a Product

    12.4 Work Out All Custom Component or Subassembly Details before Using a Low-Cost Supplier

    12.5 Develop Design Guidelines

    12.6 Budget for Materials Engineering Support

    12.7 Consolidate Materials within and Across Platforms


Product details

  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2009
  • Published: April 29, 2009
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080941837
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780750682879

About the Author

Michael Pfeifer

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President, Industrial Metallurgists, LLC Northbrook, IL, USA

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