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Materials Science and Engineering Properties, SI Edition, 1st Edition

  • Charles Gilmore
  • ISBN-10: 1111988617
  • ISBN-13: 9781111988616
  • 704 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PROPERTIES is primarily aimed at mechanical and aerospace engineering students, building on actual science fundamentals before building them into engineering applications. Even though the book focuses on mechanical properties of materials, it also includes a chapter on materials selection, making it extremely useful to civil engineers as well. The purpose of this textbook is to provide students with a materials science and engineering text that offers a sufficient scientific basis that engineering properties of materials can be understood by students. In addition to the introductory chapters on materials science, there are chapters on mechanical properties, how to make strong solids, mechanical properties of engineering materials, the effects of temperature and time on mechanical properties, electrochemical effects on materials including corrosion, electroprocessing, batteries, and fuel cells, fracture and fatigue, composite materials, material selection, and experimental methods in material science. In addition, there are appendices on the web site that contain the derivations of equations and advanced subjects related to the written textbook, and chapters on electrical, magnetic, and photonic properties of materials.


  • The only introductory textbook that unifies many different materials science and engineering subjects using energy and entropy.

  • A theme of the book is how the physical properties of materials are related to the atomic electron structure, chemical bonding, defects in the material, and microstructure, which shows students how understanding basic concepts, such as chemical bonding, results in a better understanding of the properties of materials.

  • Analytical techniques used in this course, such as energy minimization and the application of probability, carry over into the study of other engineering systems.

  • The treatment of metals, ceramics, and polymers is integrated.

  • To relate materials science to student life, the book discusses material properties that students regularly observe.

  • There is a section on the strength of nanostructured materials in the chapter on strong solids.

  • Each chapter has example problems, references for further reading, questions that have short answers, and homework problems.

  • Four color figures and illustrations are included to give students a visual impression of materials science in addition to an analytical one.

  • Companion website that includes: advanced subjects, derivations of equations, chapters on electrical, magnetic, and photonic properties of materials; and links to videos produced by the National Science Foundation.


"The author's writing style is excellent. This is an important feature in a textbook. The author's style is engaging and not dry; it reads quite well and easily. Students will appreciate this. I give the text high marks in this category."
— Blair London, California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo

About the Author

Charles Gilmore

Charles Gilmore holds a BS and MS degree in Engineering Mechanics from Penn State, and a PhD in Engineering Materials from the University of Maryland. He taught undergraduate materials science and engineering courses at the George Washington University for 35 years, has published more than 50 refereed papers on crystallography, X-ray diffraction, X-ray spectroscopy, fracture, fatigue life, fatigue crack growth, creep, corrosion, titanium metallurgy, molecular dynamics simulation of thin film growth, and the growth of thin films of alumina-zirconia ceramics and intermetallic high temperature metals.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. Atoms, Chemical Bonding, Material Structure, and Physical Properties.
3. The Structure of Real Materials.
4. Temperature Effects on Atom Arrangements and Atom Motion.
5. Phase Transformations and Phase Diagrams.
6. Introduction to Mechanical Properties.
7. Making Strong Materials.
8. Engineering Materials.
9. Time, Temperature, and Mechanical Properties.
10. Oxidation, Degradation, Corrosion, Electroprocessing, Batteries, and Fuel Cells.
11. Fracture and Fatigue.
12. Composite Materials.
13. Materials Processing.
14. Material Selection.
15. Experimental Methods.
16. Electrical Properties of Materials.
17. Magnetic Materials.
18. Photonic Materials.