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    Materials Selection for Mechanical Design

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    A novel materials-selection procedure has been implemented in a computer program. The procedure makes use of ‘Materials Selection Charts’: a new way of displaying material property data which enables the use of a number of novel optimisation procedures. These rely on developing ‘performance indices’: a combination of material properties which, if maximised, maximise performance. The charts are designed to present the materials, and the performance indices in such a way that an optimum selection becomes possible. Section shape can be included, allowing the optimum selection of both material and shape. The software is described and a case study is presented.


    materials selection, materials selection charts, design, databases, performance indices, optimisation, material properties, shape factors

    Author Information:

    Cebon, D
    Lecturer, Engineering Design Centre, Cambridge,

    Ashby, MF
    Royal Society Research Professor, Engineering Design Centre, Cambridge,

    Committee/Subcommittee: E49.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP23757S