Materials and the Environment,
Edition 3 Eco-informed Material Choice
By Michael F. Ashby

Publication Date: 11 Jan 2021

Materials and the Environment, Third Edition, discusses the history of our increasing dependence on materials and energy. The book explains where materials come from and how they are used in a variety of industries, along with their lifecycle and relationship to energy and carbon. In addition, it covers the 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. Further sections cover the mechanical, thermal and electrical properties of engineering metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and natural materials and their relationship to environmental issues.

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.

Key Features

  • 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 datasheets for dozens 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
About the author
By Michael F. Ashby, Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge, and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UK
Table of Contents

1. Introduction: material dependence

2. Resource consumption and its drivers

3. The materials 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 material selection

11. Renewable materials, Natural materials

12. Criticality and Supply-Chain Risk

13. Circular Materials Economics

14. Materials and Sustainability

Book details
ISBN: 9780128215210
Page Count: 448
Retail Price : £52.95

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