Light Alloys, 4th Edition

Light Alloys, 4th Edition,Ian Polmear,David St. John,ISBN9780750663717






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The definitive overview of the science and metallurgy of light alloys

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Key Features

* The definitive single volume overview
* New material on processing, characteristics and applications of these essential metals
* Covers the latest applications and processes in the auto and aero industries


The definitive overview of the science and metallurgy of aluminum, magnesium, titanium and beryllium alloys, this is the only book available covering the background materials science, properties, manufacturing processes and applications of these key engineering metals in a single accessible volume. Use of these metals is now more widespread than ever, and they are routinely found in motor vehicles and aircraft. New material includes materials characteristics and applications; heat treatment properties; fabrication; microstructure/property relationships; new applications and processes.


Reference text for senior undergraduates and postgraduates in materials sciences and physical metallurgy.

The secondary market comprises materials engineers, metallurgists and engineers in industry, in particular in the automotive, aero and industrial components sectors.

Ian Polmear

After a career in industry that included serving as Principal Research Scientist and Leader of the Aircraft Materials Group at Australia’s Aeronautical Research Laboratories, Dr. Polmear moved to academia where he became Chairman of the Department of Materials Science at Monash University as well as a founding member of the Department of Materials Engineering and later Deputy Vice-Chancellor. His research interests - which included precipitation hardening in aluminium alloys, development of high strength alloys for aircraft, metal fatigue and weldable light alloys - led to collaborations with laboratories and industries in Australia, Britain, Switzerland, USA and Germany. He published the first edition of Light Alloys in 1981. Dr. Polmear is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor in Materials Science, Monash University, Australia

David St. John


Professor David St. John is an internationally recognized leader in the field of light metals with over 300 publications in journals and conference proceedings. He is a graduate of The University of Queensland with a BSc(Hons) and PhD in Physical Metallurgy. From 1994 to 2008 he was with the CAST Cooperative Research Centre, serving as CEO from August 2002. In 2009 he became the Director for the Centre of Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM) and then in 2010 became the Director Major Projects for the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology at UQ. He is also a Director on the Board of the Defence Materials Technology Centre. Professor St. John's research interests have covered a broad range of topics with recent focus being on the grain refinement of metallic alloy systems and the formation of defects in castings, in particular hot tearing. He was awarded the Materials Australia Silver Medal in 2011 for ‘outstanding contributions to the advancement of metallurgy, metallurgical engineering, materials science or materials engineering through management, teaching, innovation, development or research”.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia

Light Alloys, 4th Edition

Preface; The light metals; Physical metallurgy of aluminum alloys; Wrought aluminum alloys; Cast aluminum alloys; Magnesium alloys; Titanium alloys; New materials and processing methods; Appendix; Index.

Quotes and reviews

“Like no other single volume, Light Alloys should satisfy students and professionals in learning the fundamentals of aluminum, magnesium, and titanium alloys from various perspectives.”
— Light Metal Age, February-March 2006

Review of the previous edition:
“The text (of the 3rd Edition) is written in simple and clear style making it easily readable... I recommend it to aspiring and practicing engineers and scientists alike.”
— Materials Forum

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