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Materials, 2nd Edition by David Cebon, Hugh Shercliff, Michael F. Ashby

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Chapter 3 Strategic thinking: Matching material to design

Chapter contents

  • 3.1 Introduction and synopsis 30
  • 3.2 The design process 30
  • 3.3 Material and process information for design 33
  • 3.4 The strategy: translation, screening, ranking and documentation 35
  • 3.5 Examples of translation 39
  • 3.6 Summary and conclusions 42
  • 3.7 Further reading 43
  • 3.8 Exercises 43
  • 3.9 Exploring design using CES 45

Our aim in this chapter is to develop a strategy for selecting materials and processes that is design-led; that is, the strategy uses, as inputs, the requirements of the design. To do so we must first look briefly at design itself. This chapter introduces some of the words and phrases—the vocabulary—of design, the stages in its implementation and the ...

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