- 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: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,042 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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It discusses composite materials from the perspective of design as well as from that of composition.It has the failing of assuming the reader is familiar with many items which one may not be. For example, on p 91 the author discusses a reed on a musical instrument. For many engineers devoid of any musical exposure they would likely find the reference as vacuous.
Equations are presented often with no clear derivation. For one who knows from whence they came that is fine but I suspect that for the beginner there is the question: where did that come from.
Some of the cases are of interest but having been close to the Space Shuttle disaster back in the 80s the discussion of that failure just missed the point. The problem was Feynman presented a beautiful description which the author does not seem to have included.
Overall the book is culturally wonderful but pedagogically wanting. It lacks the detail of an engineering text for strength of materials and is at too high a level on the actual materials side. On the other hand as a text for an overview after having been exposed to a more classic book, this is wonderful, it fills in the corners and gives one a broad perspective. The challenge is that one wonders what the text is to be used for.
The book is well organized and covers concepts ranging material availability, structure, failure methods, and includes numerous case studies for each subject. The book exceeded my self-taught range of useful knowledge understanding tensile strength for our products, but true design engineers would definitely appreciate the more advance concepts. My daughter found the book to be a generally good materials engineering overview and introduction to important concepts, but occasionally lacking depth and would not use this book specifically unless recommended by a professor.