Materials in World Perspective

Materials in World Perspective

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This is the first book in a new series - qMaterials Research and Engineeringq - devoted to the science and technology of materials. qMaterials Research and Engineeringq evolves from a previous series on qReine und Angewand te Metallkundeq (qPure and Applied Metallurgyq), which was edited by Werner Koster until his eightieth birthday in 1976. Although the present series is an outgrowth of the earlier one, it should not and cannot be regarded as a continuation. There had to be a shift of scope - and a change in presentation as well. Metallurgy is no longer an isolated art and science. Rather, it is linked by its scientific basis and tech nological implications to non-metallic and composite materials, as well as to processes for production, refining, shaping, surface treatment, and appli cation. Thus, the new series, qMaterials Research and Engineeringq, will present up-to-date information on scientific and technological progress, as well as on issues of general relevance within the engineering field and industrial society. Premiering the new series, the present book by Dieter Altenpohl gives the reader a very general outlook, in fact, a position analysis of materials and the materials industry within the framework of our contemporary technological environment. It ventures, moreover, to forecast the changes affecting this pattern in a dynamic, interdependent world. This may be an unusual way to start a scientific series - it is believed, nevertheless, to be an appropriate one.If an aluminium can is recycled by bringing a single can to the nearest recycling center, making a detour of 1/4 mile by car, this ... Precycling one ton of plastics therefore requires at least energy equivalent to about one ton of crude oil. It should however be born in mind that plastics in the waste stream are not as readily usable as oil in a barrel and very often solid ... of goods, unspoiled and unharmed from one point to another and/or to preserve the goods for a desired length of time.

Title:Materials in World Perspective
Author:D. G. Altenpohl
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-12-06


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