Textbooks and Mike Ashby's publications

References to standard textbooks

The CES EduPack information resources include references to leading materials texts. At the end of each CES EduPack Science Note is a 'Further Reading' section providing references at which further information can be found on the property being discussed in the Science Note. The textbooks referenced include:

  • Mike Ashby's publications —see below
  • Ashby & Jones — Engineering Materials Vol 1 & 2
  • Askeland and Phulé — The Science and Engineering of Materials
  • Budinski and Budinski — Engineering Materials, Properties, and Selection
  • Callister — Materials Science and Engineering, an Introduction
  • Shackelford — Introduction to Materials Science for Engineer

Mike Ashby books

Of course, the books written or co-authored by CES EduPack author Professor Mike Ashby, are particularly well-integrated with EduPack—in many cases including exercises using the EduPack resources. Solution manuals are available on the Teaching Resource Website (accessible only to educators using the password provided with their CES EduPack license).

Granta provides an instructor copy of the most appropriate book with every CES EduPack purchase. To buy individual copies of these books, contact the publisher (Elsevier) or your preferred book vendor. Granta can supply these books in boxes of 10 units. PDF Order form—purchase books in batches of 10 books. 

Materials Selection in Mechanical Design

by M.F. Ashby, B. Heinemann | 5th Edition, 2016

Like is also featured in the SciTech Connect 'Ask an Academic' blog, discussing his research and work. When asked how he would explain his work to a stranger on a bus, he said: "Everything you use, touch, travel in or sleep in is made of materials, indeed our comfort, health, security and prosperity all depend in varying degrees on materials. CES EduPack is used alongside many textbooks, one of which has just been updated. The 5th edition of Mike Ashby's book, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, is now available.


The essential reference for engineering, manufacturing, or materials courses involving materials selection. Throughout, content is more fully integrated with Granta’s CES EduPack. One resulting bonus is that the majority of charts are now available for students to reproduce directly from the EduPack software. Used together, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design and Granta’s CES EduPack provide a complete materials, manufacturing and design course.

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Materials and Sustainable Development

by M.F. Ashby | 1st edition, 2015

This book, from noted materials selection authority Mike Ashby, provides a structure and framework for analyzing sustainable development and the role of materials in it. The aim is to introduce ways of exploring sustainable development to readers in a way that avoids simplistic interpretations and approaches complexity in a systematic way. There is no completely "right" answer to questions of sustainable development – instead, there is a thoughtful, well-researched response that recognizes concerns of stakeholders, the conflicting priorities and the economic, legal and social aspects of a technology as well as its environmental legacy. The intent is not to offer solutions to sustainability challenges but rather to improve the quality of discussion and enable informed, balanced debate.


The Concept of Sustainable Development; What is a Sustainable Development?; Assessing Sustainable Developments; Tools, Prompts and Methods; Material Risk; Introduction to Case Studies; Scaling up Biopolymer Production; Wind farms; Electric cars; Bamboo as a sustainable building material; Lighting; Extending Product Life; The Circular Materials Economy; Corporate Sustainability and Materials; A database to support Sustainability teaching; Guidance for Instructors and suggestions for further projects; Useful Data and Charts

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Materials and Design

by M.F. Ashby and K. Johnson, Butterworth Heinemann | 3rd Edition, 2014

This book (which complements Mike Ashby's book on Materials Selection in Mechanical Design) explores the role of materials and processes in product design, with emphasis on the ways in which they can be used to create the aesthetics and associations of the product, and the ways in which it is perceived. The methods are supported by some 100 profiles of materials and processes, emphasizing attributes most relevant for product design. The 2nd edition is now available.


Function and personality; What influences product design?; Design and designing; Multi-dimensional materials; Shaping, joining and surfaces; Form follows material; A structure for materials selection; Case studies in materials and design; New materials—the potential for innovation; Conclusions.

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Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design

by M.F. Ashby, H. Shercliff and D. Cebon | 3rd Edition, 2013

This materials textbook, now updated, from Mike Ashby and colleagues delivers a proven, systematic approach to understanding and selecting materials and processes. Taking a design-led approach, Ashby, Shercliff and Cebon draw on their extensive experience of teaching undergraduates. Although useful in a wide variety of courses, the book is particularly suited to first and second year engineering students taking materials courses. It supports courses in engineering materials, MS&E, manufacturing and design, and related mechanical engineering courses with a materials science and processing elective or required course, including aeronautical and automotive engineering, and product and industrial design. It is also perfect for use by chemical and civil engineering students who are taking introductory materials science and engineering technology courses.

The book is complemented by the CES EduPack software, and contains exercises that use the software. Combined, the book and software are a uniquely powerful materials teaching and learning resource.

The third edition was recognized in the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA) 2014 textbook awards, andawarded a “Texty” (Textbooks Excellence Award) in the College: Computer Science/Engineering section.


Introduction: materials—history and character; Organizing materials and processes; Matching material to design; Density and elastic moduli; Stiffness-limited design; Plasticity, yielding and ductility; Strength-limited design; Fracture and fracture toughness; Cyclic loading, damage and failure; Fracture-limited design; Friction and wear; Materials and heat; Using Materials at high temperatures; Conductors, insulators and dielectrics; Magnetic Materials; Materials for Optical Devices; Oxidation, corrosion and degradation; Manufacturing processes; Processing and properties; Materials, processes and the environment.

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Materials and the Environment: Eco-informed Materials Choice

by M.F. Ashby | 2nd Edition, 2012

Published in February 2009, this text is a response to increasing eco-concerns relating to the way we use materials and energy. It aims to cut through some of the oversimplification and misinformation evident in much of the discussion about the environment, explaining the ways in which we depend on and use materials and the consquences these have. It introduces methods for thinking about and designing with materials when one of the objectives is to minimize environmental impact. These methods are reflected in some of the tools provided within the CES EduPack Eco Design edition—and the book provides exercises that can be completed with CES EduPack.

2nd Edition now available, containing

  • New chapter of Case Studies of Eco-audits illustrating the rapid audit method
  • New chapter on Materials for Low Carbon Power examines the consequences for materials supply of a major shift from fossil-fuel based power to power from renewables
  • New chapter exploring Material Efficiency, or design and management for manufacture to provide the services we need with the least production of materials
  • Recent news-clips from the world press  that help place materials issues into a broader context.are incorporated into all chapters
  • End-of-chapter exercises have been greatly expanded
  • The datasheets of Chapter 15 have been updated and expanded to include natural and man-made fibers


Introduction—Material Dependence; Resource Consumption and its Drivers; The Material Life Cycle; End of First Life—A Problem or a Resource?; The Long Reach of Legislation; Eco-data—Values, Sources, Precision; Eco-audits and Eco-audit Tools; Selection Strategies; Eco-informed Material Selection; Sustainability—Living on Renewables; The Bigger Picture—Future Options; Data Sheets—Metals, Polymers, Ceramics, Composites, Natural Materials; Appendix—Units, Conversion factors, etc.

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Materials Selection in Mechanical Design

by M.F. Ashby, B. Heinemann | 4th Edition, 2011

Professor Mike Ashby’s immensely popular textbook, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, was published in its fourth edition in September 2010. With its innovative and reader-friendly approach, earlier editions (1991, 1999, 2005) established the book as a leading text for teaching materials selection in engineering. 

Since earlier editions many changes have occurred in the fields of materials and mechanical design, as well as in the way that these and related subjects are taught. The latest edition has been revised and reorganized to address these changes. Content covers process, material and shape selection, the design of hybrid materials, ‘eco’ selection, and industrial design.


Throughout, content is more fully integrated with Granta’s CES EduPack. One resulting bonus is that the majority of charts are now available for students to reproduce directly from the EduPack software. Used together, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design and Granta’s CES EduPack provide a complete materials, manufacturing and design course.

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Other Relevant Books

The following books also cover topics of relevance to CES EduPack. CES EduPack users may find them useful, while teachers using these books may find that CES EduPack can help their students.

Material Architecture

Prof. John Fernandez of the M.I.T. Architecture Department collaborated on the creation of the CES EduPack Architecture Edition. His book and the EduPack are complementary resources for students of materials in architecture and the built environment. More information is available on the Elsevier website.

Methodik der Werkstoffauswahl — der systematische Weg zum richtigen Material
(Material Selection Methodology—the systematic path to the right material)

Prof. Dr-Ing. Martin Reuter of the Fachhochschule Hannover describes in detail the process of targeted material selection, exploring the relevant technical, economic, and non-technical aspects. The selection of an optimal material is supported through checklists, material property charts, design parameters, and web resources. More information is available on the Carl Hanser Verlag website.