© 2016

Materials and Processes

for Spacecraft and High Reliability Applications


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Astronautical Engineering book sub series (ASTROENG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Barrie D. Dunn
    Pages 1-5
  3. Barrie D. Dunn
    Pages 7-53
  4. Barrie D. Dunn
    Pages 461-500
  5. Barrie D. Dunn
    Pages 501-555
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 557-667

About this book


The objective of this book is to assist scientists and engineers select the ideal material or manufacturing process for particular applications; these could cover a wide range of fields, from light-weight structures to electronic hardware. The book will help in problem solving as it also presents more than 100 case studies and failure investigations from the space sector that can, by analogy, be applied to other industries. Difficult-to-find material data is included for reference. The sciences of metallic (primarily) and organic materials presented throughout the book demonstrate how they can be applied as an integral part of spacecraft product assurance schemes, which involve quality, material and processes evaluations, and the selection of mechanical and component parts.

In this successor edition, which has been revised and updated, engineering problems associated with critical spacecraft hardware and the space environment are highlighted by over 500 illustrations including micrographs and fractographs. Space hardware captured by astronauts and returned to Earth from long durations in space are examined. Information detailed in the Handbook is applicable to general terrestrial applications including consumer electronics as well as high reliability systems associated with aeronautics, medical equipment and ground transportation. This Handbook is also directed to those involved in maximizing the

 reliability of new materials and processes for space technology and space engineering. It will be invaluable to engineers concerned with the construction of advanced structures or mechanical and electronic sub-systems.


Corrosion Failure modes Materials Mechanisms Metallurgical processes Solder Space environment Spacecraft Tin whiskers Welding

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of EngineeringUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Materials and Processes
  • Book Subtitle for Spacecraft and High Reliability Applications
  • Authors Barrie D. Dunn
  • Series Title Springer Praxis Books
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Praxis Books(formerly: Springer-Praxis Series)
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-23361-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79474-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-23362-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 667
  • Number of Illustrations 195 b/w illustrations, 295 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Originally published with the title: “Metallurgical Assessment of Spacecraft Parts" by Wiley-Praxis, New York, 1997
  • Topics Metallic Materials
    Aerospace Technology and Astronautics
    Manufacturing, Machines, Tools, Processes
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“A particularly welcome feature is that the book does not just cover the science and technology but also the practices and procedures used by the industry, which are just as important for the professional in the field to know and understand. And so its value is for professional engineers moving into the space industry, who need to learn how to avoid the special problems of operating in the space environment and dealing with the special culture of the industry.” (Mark Hempsell, Spaceflight, Vol. 59 (12), December, 2017)

“Multiple appendices are provided to support the main textbook. These include material properties, very comprehensive lists of metal alloy composition data and an extensive glossary of terms. … this book provides an immense reference resource. … it can provide interesting and informative reading for a general materials researcher, as well as specific information for addressing a more targeted enquiry. A very useful book to have available when developing and testing spacecraft equipment.” (Dr. Jenny Kingston, The Aeronautical Journal, October, 2017)

“I strongly recommend Dunn’s book as a resource for all working in spacecraft materials and assembly and other related fields. It provides a vast amount of information plus a consistent approach that would be hard to find in a web search. … Armed with Dunn’s book, any materials researcher working on spacecraft will be off to a good start toward developing a reliable and high-performance vehicle.” (Karen Swider Lyons, MRS Bulletin, Vol. 42 (4), April, 2017)