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Metal Resources and Energy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780408108010, 9781483161891

Metal Resources and Energy

1st Edition

Butterworths Monographs in Materials

Authors: P. F. Chapman F. Roberts
Editors: M. Ashby J. Charles A. G. Evans
eBook ISBN: 9781483161891
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 30th March 1983
Page Count: 248
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Metal Resources and Energy was initially aimed at exploring the future availability of metals and the energy required to produce them. During the detailed planning of the book, the authors decided to extend the remit to consider fuel use in relation to resources and future availability. In order to explore this relationship a framework was established which provided an agenda of topics to examine. In the process of systematically working through this agenda a deeper understanding of resource issues and some new insights were obtained. This book develops a framework for assessing the future availability of metals by first reviewing the activities associated with the production of metals. These can be divided into four broad categories: exploration and establishment, mining, concentrating, and smelting and refining. It then examines factors such as energy economics, forecasting issues, resources and reserves estimation, and trends in technical efficiency. Subsequent chapters deal with the evaluation of fuel use in metals production; the secondary production of metals from scrap and other waste materials; non-technical issues that are potential sources of short-term crises; and other applications of energy data. This book is intended for final year students of engineering, geology, and economics, all of whom will find all the topics covered relevant to their studies. It attempts to convey the essentials of resource economics, metal production technology, energy analysis, and those aspects of geology and geochemistry which are pertinent to a study of resource issues. The full breadth of topics is covered at a depth which is comprehensible to students from other disciplines.

Table of Contents


1 Introduction

2 Resources and Energy

3 Energy and Economics

4 Forecasting Problems

5 Resources, Reserves and Ore Grades

6 Technical Change and Thermodynamic Limits

7 Energy Analysis

8 Recycling, Availability and Fuel Use

9 The Technical Aspects of Future Availability

10 Politics and Scarcity

11 Applications of the Energy Data

12 Conclusions

Appendix 1 Data Base for Metals

Appendix 2 Data on Non-Metallic Materials

Appendix 3 Energy Units

Appendix 4 The Log-Normal Distribution

Appendix 5 Analysis of Recycling and Product Lifetime

Appendix 6 Fuel Requirements and Cumulative Production



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30th March 1983
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About the Authors

P. F. Chapman

F. Roberts

About the Editors

M. Ashby

Michael Ashby é membro do Departamento de Engenharia da Universidade de Cambridge, onde ocupa o posto de Royal Society Research Professor. Além disso, é editor da “Progress in Materials Science”.

J. Charles

A. G. Evans

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