Materials Enabled Designs

1st Edition

The Materials Engineering Perspective to Product Design and Manufacturing

Authors: Michael Pfeifer
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750682879
eBook ISBN: 9780080941837
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 29th April 2009
Page Count: 320
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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 Acknowledgments 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 References 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 References 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 References 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 References 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


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About the Author

Michael Pfeifer

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Industrial Metallurgists, LLC Northbrook, IL, USA