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Materials Handbook

A Concise Desktop Reference

  • Essential reference tool for all those working in the numerous fields ranging from nuclear to civil engineering

  • Accurate physical and chemical properties of all classes of materials available at the reader's fingertips

  • Format enables the reader to locate and extract information quickly and easily

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Ferrous Metals and Their Alloys

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 1-43
  3. Common Nonferrous Metals

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 45-74
  4. Less Common Nonferrous Metals

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 75-244
  5. Semiconductors

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 245-264
  6. Superconductors

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 265-273
  7. Magnetic Materials

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 275-290
  8. Insulators and Dielectrics

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 291-311
  9. Miscellaneous Electrical Materials

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 313-335
  10. Ceramics and Glasses

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 337-369
  11. Polymers and Elastomers

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 371-393
  12. Minerals Ores, and Gemstones

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 395-478
  13. Rocks and Meteorites

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 479-508
  14. Timbers and Woods

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 509-516
  15. Building and Construction Materials

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 517-525
  16. Appendices

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 527-577
  17. Bibliography

    • François Cardarelli
    Pages 579-583
  18. Back Matter

    Pages 584-597

About this book

Despite the several comprehensive series available in Material Sciences and their related fields, it is a hard task to find grouped properties of metals and alloys, ceramics, polymers, minerals, woods, and building materials in a single volume source book. Actually, the scope of this practical handbook is to provide to scientists, engineers, professors, technicians, and students working in numerous scientific and technical fields ranging from nuclear to civil engineering, easy and rapid access to the accurate physico-chemical properties of all classes of materials. Classes used to describe the materials are: (i) metals and their alloys, (ii) semiconductors, (iii) superconductors, (iv) magnetic materials, ( v) miscellaneous electrical materials ( e. g. , dielectrics, thermocouple and industrial electrode materials), (vi) ceramics, refractories, and glasses, (vii) polymers and elastomers, (viii) minerals, ores, meteorites, and rocks, (ix) timbers and woods, and finally (x) building materials. Particular emphasis is placed on the properties of the most common industrial materials in each class. Physical and chemical properties usually listed for each material are (i) mechanical (e. g. , density, elastic moduli, Poisson's ratio, yield and tensile strength, hardness, fracture toughness), (ii) thermal (e. g. , melting point, thermal conductivity, specific heat capacity, coefficient oflinear thermal expansion, spectral emissivities), (iii) electrical (e. g. , resistivity, dielectric permittivity, loss tangent factor), (iv) magnetic (e. g. , magnetic permeability, remanence, Hall constant), (v) optical (e. g. , refractive indices, reflective index), (vi) electrochemical (e. g.


  • Ceramics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Composites
  • Data
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Ferrous Metals
  • Gases
  • Glass
  • Liquids
  • Material Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgy
  • Nonferrous Metals
  • Plastics
  • Semiconductors
  • Superconductors
  • Wood


From the reviews of the second edition:

"This handbook contains practical and concise information on key scientific and technical material properties for the most commonly used industrial materials … . Compared with many other handbooks on material properties, this handbook presents more background information on how to use the data presented. … Those looking for a materials reference handbook on commonly used industrial materials, especially those who need to have a better understanding of material property fundamentals, will find this an interesting and very useful handbook." (IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, 2009)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Technology Dept., Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium Inc., Sorel-Tracy, Canada

    François Cardarelli

About the author

François Cardarelli has had wide-ranging commercial and industrial experience of materials, commodities and processes:

• at CNRS in Paris he designed and used electrochemical sensors for pollution control;

• as a research scientist at Électricité de France he helped to invent methods of preparation of industrial titanium and tantalum electrodes;

• as a registered professional consultant in Toulouse, he solved problems in electrochemical engineering, the selection of electrode materials, corrosion and high-temperature operation;

• at the Avestor Corporation, he worked as an industrial electrochemist and materials expert in charge of strategic raw materials, scientific and technical support for lithium processing and, as Battery Product Leader, in charge of lithium polymer batteries for electric vehicles, down-hole drilling anf telecommunications he defined battery requirements and specifications and invented pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processing for spent lithium batteries;

• at Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium, he was principal chemist for Materials at Sorel-Tracy in Quebéc dealing with valorization processes for industrial residues and refactory benchmarking and electrowinning of metallic titanium.

• at the Material and Electrochemical Research (MER) Corp., Tucson (Arizona, USA) he was principal electrochemist working on the electrowinning of titanium metal powder from composite anodes and other materials-related projects.

• at present he is Manager of Recycling at 5NPlus Inc in Saint-Laurent Quebéc.

Doctor Cardarelli is also the author of Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures for Springer (ISBN: 1-85233-682-X).

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