Higher Education

Introduction to Materials and Processes, 1st Edition

  • John R. Wright Dean, School of Technology, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
  • Larry D. Helsel Chairperson, School of Technology, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
  • ISBN-10: 0827350201  |  ISBN-13: 9780827350205
  • 501 Pages
  • © 1996 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $324.75



A comprehensive approach designed to introduce the beginning student of engineering to the basic concepts of the industrial materials and manufacturing processes. The reader is lead through a logical scheme that illustrates how materials are harvested and converted from their primary form to usable parts and products. The student is encouraged to identify the positive and negative aspects of using natural resources to satisfy consumer needs and demands. This book shows how the natural ecological cycle begins with raw materials and ends with recycling. Properties, characteristics and structure of materials including metals, polymers, ceramics and composites are examined throughout this comprehensive introduction. Modern machine control technology is discussed as it relates to CAD/CAM/CIM processing techniques. The section on design focuses on quality, reliability and producibility. Questions and activities follow each chapter and a glossary of terms with definitions is provided.

Features and Benefits

  • organized with an ecological/production approach (begining with raw materials and concluding with recycling) for better understanding of the production cycle; environmental concerns are addressed throughout the book and in separate chapters
  • design section focuses on quality, reliability, producibility, and ecology; includes coverage of metals as well as woods, polymers and ceramics, and composite materials
  • a technical/scientific approach explains the properties, characteristics and structures of materials; addresses modern machine control technology, including CAD/CAM/CIM processing techniques
  • a comprehensive glossary for easy reference
  • questions and complete end of chapter summaries and activities enforce the material covered

Table of Contents

Introduction: The World of Materials; Genesis of Materials; Primary Processing of Organic and Inorganic Materials. Synthetics and Space Age Materials. Industrial Materials: Metals--Structure, Properties, and Characteristics; Polymers--Structure, Properties, and Characteristics; Ceramics--Properties, Structure, and Characteristics; Composites--Structures, Properties, and Characteristics. Designing and Developing Manufactured Goods: Product Design; Measurement and Layout Procedures; Product Research, Development, and Analysis. Material Transformation Processes: Pre-Processing Materials; Molding Processes; Casting Processes; Machining Theory and Principles; Machining Processes; Machine Control; Fabrication Processes; Material Fastening Processes; Assembly; Post-Processing Materials. Materials Recovery and the Ecological/Production System: Industrial Waste and Pollution; Advanced Material Technology.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

John R. Wright

Dr. John R. Wright is a Professor and Dean of the School of Technology at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. He is the author of over 30 professional publications, including jounal articles and monographs. He is an active member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the International Technology Education Association (ITEA), the National Association of Industrial Technology and co-founder of the New England Manufacturing Applications Consortium (NEMAC).

Larry D. Helsel

Dr. Larry D. Helsel is a Professor and Chair of the School of Technology at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. He has served as President of the University Division of the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) and Chairman of the Executive Board of NAIT. He currently serves as Chairman of the NAIT Board of Certification.