Materials Handbook / Edition 15

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The Materials Handbook is an encyclopedic, A-to-Z organization of all types of materials, featuring their key performance properties, principal characteristics and applications in product design. Materials include ferrous and nonferrous metals, plastics, elastomers, ceramics, woods, composites, chemicals, minerals, textiles, fuels, foodstuffs and natural plant and animal substances —more than 13,000 in all. Properties are expressed in both U.S. customary and metric units and a thorough index eases finding details on each and every material.

Introduced in 1929 and often known simply as "Brady's," this comprehensive, one-volume, 1244 page encyclopedia of materials is intended for executives, managers, supervisors, engineers, and technicians, in engineering, manufacturing, marketing, purchasing and sales as well as educators and students.

Of the dozens of families of materials updated in the 15th Edition, the most extensive additions pertain to adhesives, activated carbon, aluminides, aluminum alloys, catalysts, ceramics, composites, fullerences, heat-transfer fluids, nanophase materials, nickel alloys, olefins, silicon nitride, stainless steels, thermoplastic elastomers, titanium alloys, tungsten alloys, valve alloys and welding and hard-facing alloys.

Also widely updated are acrylics, brazing alloys, chelants, biodegradable plastics, molybdenum alloys, plastic alloys, recyclate plastics, superalloys, supercritical fluids and tool steels.

New classes of materials added include aliphatic polyketones, carburizing secondary-hardening steels and polyarylene ether benzimidazoles. Carcinogens and materials likely to be cancer-causing in humans are listed for the first time.

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Editorial Reviews

Battery Man
Anytime a title can pass through fifteen editions, it must be doing something right, and it must be providing a valuable service. While McGraw-Hill has not made volume data available, the fact that this title has been published in numerous editions since 1956 allows for its place as a compulsory read, if not as an important reference. The subtitle of the book actually describes its place rather well: "An encyclopedia for Managers, Technical Professionals, Purchasing and Production Managers, Technicians and Supervisors." The book is divided into two parts, Materials — Their Properties and Uses; and Structure and Properties of Materials. Either part can provide valuable insights into the nature of the materials used in the battery industry daily; both together provide interesting reading and a ready reference for those numerous questions which always arise at just the wrong moment.
**** The 12th edition (1986) was endorsed by BCL3.We often repine at the (apparently) avaricious frequency with which publishers rush new editions into print. A reference on new materials can, in these days, hardly come too soon. This edition has 15,000 entries, 1,000 on new or modified materials. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071360760
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Handbook Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 15
  • Pages: 1244
  • Sales rank: 1,481,461
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.77 (d)

Meet the Author

George S. Brady, deceased, was a well-known engineer who worked on the Panama Canal.

Henry H. Clauser, former Chief Editor and Publisher of Materials Engineering and the Materials Selector (an annual guide to the properties of materials) and Editor of Research Management, is a consultant and freelance writer and editor.

John A. Vaccari, former Chief Editor of Materials Engineering and the Materials Selector, Executive Editor of Design Engineering, and Senior Editor od American Machinist, is a consultant and freelance writer and editor.

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Materials-Properties and Uses

Chapter 1: Encyclopedic Descriptions of Minerals, Chemicals, Engineering and Industrial Materials, and Plant and Animal Substances
Part 2. Structure and Properties of Materials

Chapter 2: Definitions and Reference Charts and Tables

Chapter 3: The Structure of Matter

Chapter 4: Waves and Colors as Material Elements

Chapter 5: Property of Flavor in Materials

Chapter 6: Fundamentals of Biotic Materials

Chapter 7: Units of Measure

Physical and Mechanical Properties
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