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Materials and the Environment : Eco-informed Material Choice

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Materials and the Environment: Eco-Informed Material Choice, Second Edition, is the first book devoted solely to the environmental aspects of materials and their selection, production, use and disposal, by one of the world's foremost materials authorities. It explores human dependence on materials and its environmental consequences and provides perspective, background, methods, and data for thinking about and designing with materials to minimize their environmental impact.

Organized into 15 chapters, this new edition looks at the history of our increasing dependence on materials and energy. It explains where materials come from and how they are used in a variety of industries, along with their life cycle and their relationship to energy and carbon. It also examines controls and economic instruments that hinder the use of engineering materials, considers sustainability from a materials perspective, and highlights the importance of low-carbon power and material efficiency. Furthermore, it discusses the mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of engineering metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, and natural materials in relation to environmental issues. The volume includes new chapters on Materials for Low Carbon Power & and Material Efficiency, all illustrated by in-text examples and expanded exercises. There are also new case studies showing how the methods discussed in the book can be applied to real-world situations.

This book is intended for instructors and students of Engineering, Materials Science and Industrial/Product Design, as well as for materials engineers and product designers who need to consider the environmental implications of materials in their designs.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 628 pages
  • 187.96 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 1,179.33g
  • Butterworth-Heinemann Inc
  • Woburn, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • Approx. 271 illustrations (271 in full color); Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0123859719
  • 9780123859716
  • 684,404

Table of contents

1.Introduction - Material Dependence; 2.Resource Consumption and its Drivers; 3.The Material Life Cycle; 4.End of First Life - A Problem or a Resource?; 5.The Long Reach of Legislation; 6.Eco-data - Values, Sources, Precision; 7.Eco-audits and Eco-audit Tools; 8.Case Studies: Eco-audits; 9.Material Selection Strategies; 10.Eco-informed Materials Selection; 11.Sustainability: Living Within Our Means; 12.Materials for Low-Carbon Power; 13.Material Efficiency; 14.The Bigger Picture: Future Options; 15.Material Profiles; Appendix - Useful Numbers and Conversions
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"I think this is likely to be a very successful text, since it clearly fills an important niche in engineering texts dealing with materials. I have been quite frustrated with the lack of real data available, when discussing how to design products more responsibly ...I especially like the emphasis here on the fact that there are no easy answers." --Blaine Lilly, The Ohio State University "I think this is likely to be a very successful text, since it clearly fills an important niche in engineering texts dealing with materials. I have been quite frustrated with the lack of real data available, when discussing how to design products more responsibly ...I especially like the emphasis here on the fact that there are no easy answers." --Blaine Lilly, The Ohio State University
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I think this is likely to be a very successful text, since it clearly fills an important niche in engineering texts dealing with materials. I have been quite frustrated with the lack of real data available, when discussing how to design products more responsibly...I especially like the emphasis here on the fact that there are no easy answers. (Refers to 1st edition)
-Blaine Lilly, The Ohio State University
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About Michael F. Ashby

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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