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Engineering Materials 1, Fourth Edition: An Introduction to Properties, Applications and Design

Engineering Materials 1, Fourth Edition: An Introduction to Properties, Applications and Design

Engineering Materials 1, Fourth Edition: An Introduction to Properties, Applications and Design
By D R H Jones, Michael F. Ashby

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Book Description

Widely adopted around the world, Engineering Materials 1 is a core materials science and engineering text for third- and fourth-year undergraduate students; it provides a broad introduction to the mechanical and environmental properties of materials used in a wide range of engineering applications. The text is deliberately concise, with each chapter designed to cover the content of one lecture. As in previous editions, chapters are arranged in groups dealing with particular classes of properties, each group covering property definitions, measurement, underlying principles, and materials selection techniques. Every group concludes with a chapter of case studies that demonstrate practical engineering problems involving materials.

Engineering Materials 1, Fourth Edition is perfect as a stand-alone text for a one-semester course in engineering materials or a first text with its companion Engineering Materials 2: An Introduction to Microstructures and Processing, in a two-semester course or sequence.

  • Many new design case studies and design-based examples
  • Revised and expanded treatments of stress–strain, fatigue, creep, and corrosion
  • Additional worked examples―to consolidate, develop, and challenge
  • Compendia of results for elastic beams, plastic moments, and stress intensity factors
  • Many new photographs and links to Google Earth, websites, and video clips
  • Accompanying companion site with access to instructors’ resources, including a suite of interactive materials science tutorials, a solutions manual, and an image bank of figures from the book

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #764124 in Books
  • Brand: imusti
  • Published on: 2011-10-10
  • Released on: 2011-09-26
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.25" h x 1.17" w x 7.50" l, 2.00 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 496 pages


  • Butterworth-Heinemann

Editorial Reviews


"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 Book 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
2Pretty poorly done
By Amazon Customer
As a Material Science and Engineering Student, I have owned and read many engineering books. Ashby's is one of the worst, if not the worst, I've encountered so far. Overall, the book seems to simply present a few ideal and specific scenarios, giving shallow explanations. There is no sense of a comprehensive or general coverage. This would be tolerable if the topics presented were covered in depth, but they aren't. Random ideas are presented with unjustified equations, and the reader is only able to learn about the specific scenario presented. The equations are also often labelled poorly and not explained at all. For example, there is an equation that involves two variables "I". The variables significance is not explained at all, nor is it understood why two of the same variable is used. Only after a large amount of the students in my class (including some of the grad students) spent time starching our heads did we come to the conclusion that "I" represented Moment of Inertia in part of the equation, and Length in another part. Such a mistake is.... almost insulting... It makes me wonder, did the author even read the book before he printed it? Is this a joke? To use the same letter for two separate things in the same equation, and then not even explain them, is a mistake that a grade school student wouldn't make.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4Good Overview, Lacks Detail
By Dr. Terrence McGarty
This is an interesting book. It basically is a set of 30 lectures which cover at a fairly high level what one would have called strength of materials along with some discussion of the materials themselves. It introduces stress and strain and then blends it with a discussion of the materials.

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.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
2Not a very good book for a primary textbook in an engineering materials ...
By Wolfgang_Haney
Not a very good book for a primary textbook in an engineering materials course. Could be useful, however it does not explain formulas very well. More of a book of general materials information.

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