Materials Selection in Mechanical Design

Materials Selection in Mechanical Design

3rd Edition - December 30, 2004

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  • Author: Michael F. Ashby
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080468648

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Understanding materials, their properties and behavior is fundamental to engineering design, and a key application of materials science. Written for all students of engineering, materials science and design, this book describes the procedures for material selection in mechanical design in order to ensure that the most suitable materials for a given application are identified from the full range of materials and section shapes available. Fully revised and expanded for this third edition, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design is recognized as one of the leading texts, and provides a unique and genuinely innovative resource. Features new to this edition • New chapters on topics including process selection, material and shape selection, design of hybrid materials, environmental factors and industrial design.• Reader-friendly approach and attractive, easy to use two-color presentation.• The methods developed in the book are implemented in Granta Design's widely used CES Educational software.Materials are introduced through their properties; materials selection charts (now available on line) capture the important features of all materials, allowing rapid retrieval of information and application of selection techniques. Merit indices, combined with charts, allow optimization of the materials selection process. Sources of material property data are reviewed and approaches to their use are given. Material processing and its influence on the design are discussed. New chapters on environmental issues, industrial engineering and materials design are included, as are new worked examples, and exercise materials. New case studies have been developed to further illustrate procedures and to add to the practical implementation of the text.

Key Features

  • The new edition of the leading materials selection text
  • Expanded and fully revised throughout, with new material on key emerging topics, an even more student-friendly approach, and attractive, easy to use two-color presentation


Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in engineering disciplines including materials science, mechanical, aerospace and automotive engineering, engineering design and industrial design. The book is also suitable for and used by practicing engineers, researchers and designers, and industry-oriented short courses.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction; The design process; Engineering materials and their properties; Material property charts; Materials selection - the basics; Materials selection - case studies; Process and process selection; Process selection - case studies; Multiple constraints and objectives; Case studies - multiple constraints and conflicting objectives; Selection of materials and shape; Case studies: selection of materials and shape; Designing hybrid materials; Hybrid case studies; Information and knowledge sources for design; Materials and the environment; Materials and industrial design; Forces for change; Appendices; Exercises and Projects; Index; Fully worked instructor's solutions manual available

Product details

  • No. of pages: 624
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2004
  • Published: December 30, 2004
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080468648

About the Author

Michael F. Ashby

Michael F. 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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  • Hang Y. Mon Sep 21 2020

    Materials Selection in Mechanical Design

    One of the leading materials selection texts, providing a unique and innovative resource for students to design, fabrication, characterization and application of lightweight cellular structures, such as multifunctional applications of mechanical metamaterials.