7th Edition

Materials for Engineers and Technicians

By William Bolton, R.A. Higgins Copyright 2021
    460 Pages 259 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    460 Pages 259 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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

    8. Alloys

    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

    21. Ceramics

    22. Glasses

    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.