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1966. Sharp, H.J. Engineering Materials: Selection and Value Analysis
1976. Faith, Nicholas. The Wankel Engine: The Story of the Revolutionary Rotary Engine

Sharp, H. J. (Editor & Author), 'Engineering Materials: Selection and Value Analysis', published by Heywood Books for Iliffe Books in 1966 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket, 428pp, no ISBN. Condition: Good to very good clean copy with similarly good dustjacket (dj has some edge wear and a couple of rips). Price: £17.55, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1966. Heywood Books
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This book discusses the selection of materials for a wide variety of applications. Whatever the final use, however, it is shown that the overriding consideration is to ensure that the material selected has the properties needed to satisfy both the design function and the requirements of the production process at the minimum cost.

This applies whether the problem is the extreme reliability required in the atomic energy field or the balance between the properties and the production and material costs in mass production engineering. Materials selection is considered therefore through a value analysis approach. Some cost information is included as in most instances relative costs, except those relating to very new materials, remain fairly static although actual costs may change.

An attempt has been made to cover the more important conventional materials and also the more interesting innovations. The introductory chapter stresses the importance of value analysis, and there follow detailed treaments of particular design aspects or groups of materials. Each chapter has been written by an acknowledged expert in the field. As much factual information as possible has been given, often in the form of tables, and there are extensive lists of references at the ends of the chapters.

The works should be invaluable to engineers, designers, metallurgists, and experts in the newer disciplines of materials science and materials engineering. It should help to break down the barriers raised by specialization in these fields and, with its value analysis approach, it should assist in solving many future problems in the selection of materials.

1. Value analysis and material selection by H. J. Sharp
2. Material selection in Relation to Design and Fabrication by H. J. Sharp
3. Economics and Material Selection by H. J. Sharp
4. The Selection of Materials for Hot Working and Cold Working by B. Daniell
5. The Selection of Materials for Castings by J. B. McIntyre
6. The Selection of Materials for Resistance to Fatigue by P. G. Forrest
7. The Selection of Materials for Corrosion Resistance by P. T. Moore
8. The Selection of Some Ferrous and Nickel-Base Materials for High Temperature Service by M. G. Gemmill
9. The Selection of Materials for Electrical and Magnetic Properties by M. Woodington
10. The Selection of Materials for Nuclear Engineering by A. G. Harding
11. The Selection of Materials for Lightness and High Strength-Weight Ratio by D. M. Swan
12. The Selection of Plain Bearing Materials by P. G. Forrester
13. The Selection of Constructional Steels by P. C. Thornton
14. The Selection of Copper-base Materials by E. Voce
15. The Selection of Tool Steels by R. S. Watts
16. The Selection of Plastics and Rubbers by H. J. Sharp
List of Figures; List of Tables; Index


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Faith, Nicholas, 'The Wankel Engine: The Story of the Revolutionary Rotary Engine', published in 1976 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket, 234pp, ISBN 0046500014. Click image to buy on Amazon UK
1976, George Allen & Unwin, hbk
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Synopsis: The Wankel rotary engine -named for its inventor, Dr. Felix Wankel - is the single most revolutionary new idea in motoring since the piston engine was developed. As Nicholas Faith writes, 'had the rotary engine been developed seventy years before the piston engine we now use, and not seventy years after, anyone selling the idea of the heavy, noisy, complex, reciprocating engine, using fuel far more refined than that required by a rotary, would have been laughed out of court. Nicholas Faith traces how Wankel first solved many of the problems of the rotary engine - which in theory is much more efficient than the piston engine - under contract for the Luftwaffe; how the first key developments were undertaken by a small German motorcycle company, NSU; how the idea was spread worldwide by an American showman-businessman, Roy Hurley; how a quiet Japanese engineer first produced a working commercial model of the engine; how the idea is used for everything from model (and full-sized) aeroplanes to outboard motors, and how the giant General Motors gave its seal of approval to the idea years ago. The book is partly a story of technical advances. Much more, it is the intricate and fascinating story of the human and business factors which affect a major invention. It involves, on the one hand, big, modern corporations - each with its own mystique, its own internal conflicts - while, on the other, it brings in innumerable wheeler-dealers, bankers, entrepreneurs, middlemen, characters who sometimes seem to have strayed from the more casual, more personal days of 19th Century capitalism. 
And yet, now, over twenty years after Dr. Wankel first worked out the exact figuration of his engine - a design of great elegance, both to the qualified engineer and to the layman - only two manufacturers actually make the engine and the motor industry is still not converted to its virtues

Author's Acknowledgements
1. Introduction
2. Felix Wankel
3. The Rotary Dream
4. Keppler
5. Von Heydekampf
6. The Contentious Carthorse
7. The Hard Sell
8. Hurley
9. A Profitable Tomorrow
10. The First Rotary Cars
11. Bercot and Bunford
12. Tiny and the Mittel-Men
13. Enter Mister Matsuda
14. Rolls-Royce and the Rotary Diesel
15. Not for Motoring Alone
16. Ed Cole and General Motors
17. Producibility
18. Henry Ford and Others Follow
19. Mazda
20. Wankel Fever
21. The Rotary Honeymoon
22. The Rotary Hangover
23. Will Old Man Piston Ever Die?
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