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The only dictionary of its kind, Dictionary of Engineering Materials contains more than 25,000 generic, trade-named, and trademarked engineering materials, all alphabetically arranged and complete with full explanations.

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The Dictionary of Engineering Materials, by Harald Keller and Uwe Erb, is an immensely impressive collection of almost 40,000 engineering materials from Wiley-Interscience. The entries provide crystal-clear descriptions of types of materials, with their composition, properties, and applications. This outstanding dictionary is absolutely rich with information about anything that might be used in engineering applications.

The authors provide information on a wide range of different engineering materials used in many different fields of science, engineering, industry, and commerce. From alloys to zeolites, abrasives to Zytel polymides, and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) plastics to zirconia-toughened ceramics, the reader can find engineering materials used in many areas. For example, the dictionary covers such disciplines as architecture, building construction, and civil engineering; biomedicine, biotechnology, and dental engineering; aeronautical and aerospace engineering; chemical and nuclear engineering; electrical engineering, electronics, telecommunications, and information technology; automotive and mechanical engineering; materials science and engineering; environmental engineering; and many other fields and branches. One final important feature of this dictionary is the definitions for thousands of proprietary engineering materials. It appears that these definitions have been selected based on their nature, properties, applications, and overall importance. This excellent dictionary is a carefully crafted reference, exceedingly useful in the many disciplines of engineering. The compilation of the many exciting engineering materials and their presentation in this comprehensive and useful reference has been monumental and challenging. I believe you will find it to be an indispensable addition to your working bookshelf. John R. Vacca

John R. Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written nearly 40 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.

From the Publisher
"This is a marvelous and useful dictionary…it should be in all engineering and chemical libraries." (American Reference Books Annual, 2005)

"…an engaging and useful text." (Reference Reviews, Vol.19, No.1, 2005)

"…very useful for identification of materials, especially for some of the lesser-known materials and tradenames…" (IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, January/February 2005)

"...truly amazing... marvelous and useful dictionary...will provide one-stop-shopping for libraries interested in materials science." (American Reference Books Annual, 2005)

"…an indispensable resource for any library, laboratory, or firm working in any of the engineering fields, but also very useful for other scientific and manufacturing endeavors…" (E-STREAMS, October 2004)

"The breadth of the covered material is astounding and, what is more, the entries are informative and to the point." (Polymer News)

"This dictionary will make a fine addition to academic and special engineering libraries, as well as large public libraries with broad engineering collections.” (Library Journal, May 1, 2004)

Library Journal
In this comprehensive dictionary, writer/ mechanical engineer Keller and Erb (materials science & engineering, Univ. of Toronto) define more than 25,000 terms, with multiple definitions bringing the total number of definitions much higher. The terms defined cover generic, trade-named, and trademarked engineering materials, whether American, Canadian, or British. Instead of jumping right into the terms, the authors start with a preface, which includes a conversational history of materials marred only by the gender-excluding use of man and him and a clear usage guide. As for the entries, they cover a wide range of materials: metallic, polymeric, ceramic and glasses, composites, wood and paper, textiles and leather, adhesives, sealants and caulks, abrasives, electronic, photonic, optical, magnetic, and other materials, especially organic (e.g., zeolites). Each entry includes a definition; key materials properties (e.g., hardness, flash point, and tensile strength); usage of the material; where applicable, chemical formulas, symbols, and abbreviations; and See and See also references. It may interest librarians to know that this dictionary relies heavily on the ASTM Dictionary of Engineering, Science, & Technology and the ASM handbooks cited in the appendix, an unusual but useful addition to a dictionary (it also includes four-plus pages of relevant web sites). However, it contains significantly more definitions than those books, as well as the Dictionary of Material Science and High Energy Physics (with 4000 entries), edited by Dipak Basu, and the ASM Materials Engineering Dictionary (with 10,000 entries), edited by J.R. Davis. Previously, the authors collaborated on Scientific and Technical Acronyms, Symbols, and Abbreviations and two editions of the Dictionary of Engineering Acronyms and Abbreviations. This dictionary will make a fine addition to academic and special engineering libraries, as well as large public libraries with broad engineering collections. Sara Tompson, Packer Engineering Lib., Naperville, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471444367
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/20/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1328
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 2.59 (d)

Table of Contents


Guide to this Dictionary.

Major Groups of materials Covered.

Dictionary of Engineering Materials.

Appendix: Bibliographic References, Helpful Sources of Information, Abbreviations and Acronyms.

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