email@example.com (Whitey) wrote in message
Gee. I look for different things for different applications. Sometimes
tensile and yield strength are useful, sometimes hardness, sometimes
corrosion resistance, sometimes thermal and/or electrical
Strength, hardness, and density seem to be useful and popular
statistics to start with. Thermal and electrical conductivity are also
You might find the book "Engineer To Win" by Carroll Smith useful.
It is a little dated, but it deals with the selection and use of
materials for racing cars with the goal to win the race and not have the
There are a few other books on the topic of "Materials Selection" which
could be of value to you. Perhaps the majority are out of print.
You will find that most engineers tend to be only modestly skilled in
Some of the "Materials for Engineers" type textbooks discuss why some
alloys are better for certain kinds of applications than others. You
should get and read one or more of those, and keep it for a working
'Engineering Materials" by Budinski and Budinski , sixth or seventh
edition would be a good thing to have. The sixth edition is much
cheaper, but a little dated, if budget is a problem.
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