Materials Selection in Mechanical Design - 5th Edition - ISBN: 9780081005996, 9780081006108

Materials Selection in Mechanical Design

5th Edition

Authors: Michael Ashby
Paperback ISBN: 9780081005996
eBook ISBN: 9780081006108
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 2nd November 2016
Page Count: 660
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Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Fifth Edition, 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. Extensively revised for this fifth edition, the book is recognized as one of the leading materials selection texts, providing a unique and innovative resource for students, engineers, and product/industrial designers.

Key Features

  • Includes significant revisions to chapters on advanced materials selection methods and process selection, with coverage of newer processing developments such as additive manufacturing
  • Contains a broad scope of new material classes covered in the text with expanded data tables that include “functional” materials such as piezoelectric, magnetostrictive, magneto-caloric, and thermo-electric materials
  • Presents improved pedagogy, such as new worked examples throughout the text and additional end-of-chapter exercises (moved from an appendix to the relevant chapters) to aid in student learning and to keep the book fresh for instructors through multiple semesters
  • “Forces for Change” chapter has been re-written to outline the links between materials and sustainable design


Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in engineering disciplines including materials science; mechanical aerospace and automotive engineering; engineering design; and industrial design

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1. Introduction: Materials and Design

    • Abstract
    • 1.1 Introduction and Synopsis
    • 1.2 Materials in Design
    • 1.3 The Design Process
    • 1.4 Types of Design
    • 1.5 Design Tools and Materials Data
    • 1.6 Function, Material, Shape and Process
    • 1.7 Case Study: Devices to Open Corked Bottles
    • 1.8 Summary and Conclusions
    • 1.9 Further Reading
    • 1.10 Exercises
  • Chapter 2. Engineering Materials and Their Properties

    • Abstract
    • 2.1 Introduction and Synopsis
    • 2.2 The Families of Engineering Materials
    • 2.3 Materials Information for Design
    • 2.4 Material Properties and Their Units
    • 2.5 Summary and Conclusions
    • 2.6 Further Reading
    • 2.7 Exercises
  • Chapter 3. Materials Property Charts

    • Abstract
    • 3.1 Introduction and Synopsis
    • 3.2 Exploring Material Properties
    • 3.3 The Material Property Charts
    • 3.4 Summary and Conclusions
    • 3.5 Further Reading
    • 3.6 Exercises
  • Chapter 4. Materials Selection – The Basics

    • Abstract
    • 4.1 Introduction and Synopsis
    • 4.2 The Selection Strategy
    • 4.3 Attribute Limits and Material Indices
    • 4.4 The Selection Procedure
    • 4.5 Computer-Aided Selection
    • 4.6 The Structural Index
    • 4.7 Summary and Conclusions
    • 4.8 Further Reading
    • 4.9 Exercises
  • Chapter 5. Materials Selection – Case Studies

    • Abstract
    • 5.1 Introduction and Synopsis
    • 5.2 Materials for Oars
    • 5.3 Mirrors for Large Telescopes
    • 5.4 Materials for Table Legs
    • 5.5 Cost: Structural Materials for Buildings
    • 5.6 Materials for Flywheels
    • 5.7 Materials for Springs
    • 5.8 Elastic Hinges and Couplings
    • 5.9 Material


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About the Author

Michael Ashby

Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus at Cambridge University and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UK Mike Ashby 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, and Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design. He is also coauthor of the books Engineering Materials 1&2, and Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK