- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 4 edition (October 10, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0080966659
- ISBN-13: 978-0080966656
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Ashby (emeritus) and Jones (both Cambridge U.) have made considerable changes to the 2005 third edition (the first edition was published in 1980), among them new illustrative photographs, references to reliable websites, and worked examples to many of the chapters. The textbook is for a first course on materials for undergraduate engineering students, holding up one corner of a curriculum that includes design, mechanics, and structures. It covers price and availability; the elastic moduli; yield strength, tensile strength, and ductility; fast fracture, brittle fracture, and toughness; fatigue failure; creep deformation and fracture; oxidation and corrosion; and friction, abrasion, and wear." --Reference and Research News, October 2012
About the Author
Dr. Jones is co-author of Engineering Materials 1 and 2 and lead author for the 3rd and 4th editions. He was the founder editor of Elsevier's journal Engineering Failure Analysis, and founder chair of Elsevier's International Conference on Engineering Failure Analysis series. His research interests are in materials engineering, and along with serving as President of Christ's College at the University of Cambridge he now works internationally advising major companies and legal firms on failures of large steel structures.
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.
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Overall, I've found it really handy! As a quick reference, it does fairly well for concepts - easily located via the index and equations - all stored in a handy appendix in the back. There are lots of tables of properties of common materials.
I have actually now read most of it cover to cover and I have to say I find it well written - interesting enough to stick with and relatively easy to follow along and learn - nice properties in a text book, I must say! Better of many of mine that I had to endure classes with.
It's informative and does a good job of covering the topics. It was pretty easy and a good intro - it covered the overall topic of materials well, though for specific details of specific materials you may have to consult other references. Mostly this will introduce you to properties through detailed explanations (often going to the arrangements of atoms and bonds), equations, and a few specific examples to illustrate it.
I did do a few of the problems - answers are only given to about 20% of them though, so unless you're taking a class, there's not a good way to check your work on the others. I did not find them overly difficult to do though and as far as those and the worked examples in the chapters I did not detect any errors, though I can't speak for a more thorough user.
Some of the topics covered are:
*"iliites" which include the properties of materials that do not relate to their physical properties such as price, availability, environmental factors, etc.
*physical structures including twisted organic bonds (plastics), crystals, etc. which are foundational for understanding many of the properties (fracture, elasticity)
*physical properties such as various moduli, hardness, ductility, plasticity, flow
*forces placed on materials - stress, strain, etc. and how to calculate them
*working with materials and changing their physical properties (improving and degrading) with things such as head, chemicals, working them, etc.
*failure methods and mechanisms - fracture, fatigue, creep, corrosion, wear, etc
*general categories of materials and properties of specific groups - natural stone/wood/etc, plastics, composites, metals - pure and alloys, as well as how materials can be combined - strengthening via fibers, bonding, etc.
Really, only a few complaints:
1) I wish there was an appendix where you could look up very common materials (copper, PVC...) and see all of it's properties grouped together. On the other hand, I guess that's what the internet is for (wikipedia might not be 100% accurate, but it's usually good enough...)
2) I wish some of the drawings were more sophisticated. Many are line drawings which is fine when showing a beam bending, but when showing complex 3D structures (particularly in the chapter in crystals) it would be nice if the drawings had rendered textures or shading to better see how the structure fits together...instead you have to look at a mess of lines and try to mentally pull it out of the page in the right order.
3) I always get a bit concerned when I see web addresses not controlled by the author in a textbook. For some of the more "example" type chapters this happens a lot. While I didn't actually visit the webpages, so can say you don't have to in order to understand the material, many of the addresses given were from sources like wikipedia and youtube.
4) Also,it took me a while to realize that the back had the meaning of all the symbols used in the equations. Otherwise a symbol is only defined the first time it appears. For instance "E" is Young's Modulus and tables are provided to help you with it. Several chapters later, "E" appears in the equations, but I had to search around to remember what it was. However, once you find the tables in the back, you're good to go.
Overall, FAR better than many textbooks I've suffered through, covers the material, easy reference, and I learned a lot even though I've never taken a class, so 5 stars!