Materials and the Environment: Eco-informed Material Choice / Edition 2

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Overview

Addressing the growing global concern for sustainable engineering, Materials and the Environment, 2eis the only book devoted exclusively to the environmental aspects of materials. It explains the ways in which we depend on and use materials and the consequences these have, and it introduces methods for thinking about and designing with materials within the context of minimizing environmental impact. Along with its noted in-depth coverage of material consumption, the material life-cycle, selection strategies, and legislative aspects,the second edition includes new case studies, important new chapters on Materials for Low Carbon Powerand Material Efficiency, all illustrated by in-text examples and expanded exercises. This book is intended for instructors and students as well as materials engineers and product designers who need to consider the environmental implications of materials in their designs.

  • Introduces methods and tools for thinking about and designing with materials within the context of their role in products and the environmental consequences
  • Contains numerous case studies showing how the methods discussed in the book can be applied to real-world situations
  • Includes full-color data sheets for 40 of the most widely used materials, featuring such environmentally relevant information as their annual production and reserves, embodied energy and process energies, carbon footprints, and recycling data

New to this edition:

  • New chapter of Case Studies of Eco-audits illustrating the rapid audit method
  • New chapter on Materials for Low Carbon Power examines the consequences for materials supply of a major shift from fossil-fuel based power to power from renewables
  • New chapter exploring Material Efficiency, or design and management for manufacture to provide the services we need with the least production of materials
  • Recent news-clips from the world press that help place materials issues into a broader context.are incorporated into all chapters
  • End-of-chapterexercises have been greatly expanded
  • The datasheets of Chapter 15 have been updated and expanded to include natural and man-made fibers
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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123859716
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 4/11/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 628
  • Sales rank: 524,039
  • 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

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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