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Overview

Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus at Cambridge University and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UK
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Ashby’s Materials and the Environment reviewed on IFAI’s Fabric Architecture website:

"Like Ashby’s other textbooks, the information is reasoned, clearly presented and "chunked" into digestible sizes for easy assimilation. Best of all are his modulus-density charts with helpful selection criteria, and a chapter devoted to highly useful material profiles that make comparisons between materials actually enjoyable. Materials and the Environment is structured for classroom use, but I find it to be one of the most practical guides to the subject that it should be a desk reference in every design office."

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123859716
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 4/11/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 628
  • Sales rank: 739,618
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

1 Introduction: material dependence 1

2 Resource consumption and its drivers 15

3 The materials life cycle 39

4 End of first life: a problem or a resource? 65

5 The long reach of legislation 85

6 Ecodata: values, sources, precision 101

7 Eco-audits and eco-audit tools 129

8 Selection strategies 161

9 Eco-informed material selection 199

10 Sustainability: living on renewables 231

11 The bigger picture: future options 247

12 Material profiles 265

Appendix: useful numbers and conversions 369

Index 375

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