For over forty years, Materials for Engineers and Technicians has given thousands of students an easily accessible introduction to materials engineering and manufacturing processes. This renowned text is a comprehensive overview of the wide-ranging subject area, written in a straightforward, readable style. It is devoid of excessive jargon and mathematical complexity, and retains a practical down-to-earth approach.
This expanded edition references specifications for materials and materials testing that have been updated to include European-wide standards of the EU. More applications of materials and case studies have been included. New content discusses the choice of materials and processes in relation to 3D printing and the importance of materials recycling and sustainability. The increased emphasis on the selection of materials reflects this aspect of materials engineering now seen within current vocational and university courses.
In addition to meeting the requirements of vocational and undergraduate engineering syllabuses, this text also serves as a valuable desktop reference for professional engineers working in product design who require a quick source of information on materials and manufacturing processes.
Table of Contents
1. Engineering materials
2. Properties of materials
3. Mechanical testing
4. The crystal structure of metals
5. Casting process
6. Mechanical deformation of metals
7. The mechanical shaping of metals
9. Equilibrium diagrams
10. Practical microscopy
11. Iron and steel
12. The heat-treatment of plain-carbon steels
13. Alloy steels
14. The surface hardening of steels
15. Cast iron
16. Copper and its alloys
17. Aluminium and its alloys
18. Other non-ferrous metals and their alloys
19. Plastics materials and rubbers
20. Properties of plastics
23. Composite materials
24. Fibre-reinforced composite materials
25. Methods of joining materials
26. Causes of failure
27. Choice of materials and processes
28. Selection of materials
Appendix A: Properties of engineering materials
Appendix B: Glossary of key terms
William Bolton, formerly Head of Research and Development and Monitoring at BTEC, is the author of many successful engineering textbooks, including Higher Engineering Science (Routledge, 2004) and Engineering Science (Routledge, 2020).
R.A. Higgins was a Senior Lecturer in Materials Science at the College of Commerce and Technology, West Bromwich, UK. He was a Chief Metallurgist at Messrs Aston Chain and Hook Ltd., Birmingham, UK, as well as an Examiner in Metallurgy for the Institution of Production Engineers, the City and Guilds of London Institute, the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes and the Union of Educational Institutes.