© 2008

Materials Handbook

A Concise Desktop Reference


Table of contents

About this book


From the reviews of the second edition:

The unique and practical Materials Handbook (second edition) provides quick and easy access to data on the physical and chemical properties of all classes of materials. The second edition has been much expanded to include whole new families of materials while many of the existing families are broadened and refined with new material and up-to-date information. Particular emphasis is placed on the properties of common industrial materials in each class. After a chapter introducing some general properties of materials, materials are classified as follows:

• ferrous metals and their alloys;

• nonferrous metals;

• semiconductors and superconductors;

• magnetic materials;

• insulators and dielectrics;

• miscellaneous electrical materials;

• ceramics, refractories and glasses;

• polymers and elastomers;

• minerals, ores and gemstones;

• rocks and meteorites;

• soils and fertilizers;

• cements, concrete, building stones and construction materials;

• timbers and woods;

• fuels, propellants and explosives;

• composite materials;

• gases;

• liquids.

Detailed appendices provide additional information on subjects as diverse as crystallography, natural radioactivity and economic data for industrial materials. Specific further reading sections and a general bibliography round out this comprehensive guide. The index and tabular format of the book make light work of extracting what the reader needs to know from the wealth of factual information within these covers.

François Cardarelli has spent many years compiling and editing materials data. His professional expertise and experience combine to make this handbook an indispensable reference tool for scientists and engineers working in fields from mechanical, electrical, and chemical to metallurgical and nuclear engineering.

"This volume covers metals and alloys, nonferrous metals, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers, earth materials, concrete, wood, fuels, composites, gases, and liquids. … many industrial and university libraries will find it a useful one-volume reference. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners." (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 46 (2), October, 2008)


Aluminium Ceramics Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Electronic Engineering Emission Ferrous Metals Gases Material Science Mechanical Engineering Plastics Polymer Uran liquid polymers

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Materials and Electrochemical Research (MER) Corp.TucsonUSA

About the authors

François Cardarelli has had wide-ranging commercial and industrial experience of materials, commodities and processes:

• at CNRS in Paris he designed and used electrochemical sensors for pollution control;

• as a research scientist at Électricité de France he helped to invent methods of preparation of industrial titanium and tantalum electrodes;

• as a registered professional consultant in Toulouse, he solved problems in electrochemical engineering, the selection of electrode materials, corrosion and high-temperature operation;

• at the Avestor Corporation, he worked as an industrial electrochemist and materials expert in charge of strategic raw materials, scientific and technical support for lithium processing and, as Battery Product Leader, in charge of lithium polymer batteries for electric vehicles, down-hole drilling anf telecommunications he defined battery requirements and specifications and invented pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processing for spent lithium batteries;

• at Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium, he was principal chemist for Materials at Sorel-Tracy in Quebéc dealing with valorization processes for industrial residues and refactory benchmarking and electrowinning of metallic titanium.

• at the Material and Electrochemical Research (MER) Corp., Tucson (Arizona, USA) he was principal electrochemist working on the electrowinning of titanium metal powder from composite anodes and other materials-related projects.

• following a period as Manager of Recycling at 5NPlus Inc in Saint-Laurent Quebéc he has started his own company, Electrochem Technologies & Materials, providing professional services and promoting his own patented electrochemical technologies on a commercial basis.

Doctor Cardarelli is also the author of Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures for Springer (ISBN: 1-85233-682-X).

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods
Materials & Steel
Energy, Utilities & Environment
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


From the reviews of the second edition:

"This handbook contains practical and concise information on key scientific and technical material properties for the most commonly used industrial materials … . Compared with many other handbooks on material properties, this handbook presents more background information on how to use the data presented. … Those looking for a materials reference handbook on commonly used industrial materials, especially those who need to have a better understanding of material property fundamentals, will find this an interesting and very useful handbook." (IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, 2009)

“This desktop reference on materials will be useful for engineers, physicists, chemists, and materials scientists who are looking for typical numbers on the physical properties of materials. … the index is very complete, it will be easy to find the property of interest. … The book also contains nine useful appendices. … The size of the volume and its 1300 pages make this handbook a real ‘desk’ reference. … whoever does pay will have bought a nicely bound and durable handbook.” (Fernande Grandjean and Gary J. Long, Belgian Physical Society Magazine, Issue 1, 2010)