ISBN-13: 978 1 85573 599 6
424 pages 234 x 156mm hardback
Edited by M Jenkins, University of
…an excellent resource for all
those individuals interested in the development and application of advanced
...technologies and theories
behind such equipment is clearly explained and illustrated.
- a major handbook on materials
- practical guide to material selection and processing
for equipment used in many popular sports
- shows how material
characteristics affect design and performance
reference for materials scientists developing new products in this rapidly
Improvements in materials technology have
made a significant impact on sporting performance in recent years. Advanced
materials and novel processing methods have enabled the development of new types
of equipment with enhanced properties, as well as improving the overall design
of sporting goods. The interdependence between material technology and design,
and its impact on many of the most popular sports, is reviewed in this book.
Materials in sports equipment presents the latest research, from
a distinguished panel of international contributors, into the chemical structure
and composition, microstructure and material processing of the various materials
used in a wide range of sports. The relationship between performance and design
is examined in detail for each sport covered.
Part 1 concentrates on the
general use of materials in sports. Here, the reader is given a broad insight
into the overall influence of materials in sports, and the significance of
material processing and design.
Part 2 focuses on showing how individual
sports have benefited from recent improvements in material technology. It also
analyses the way in which improvements in our understanding of biomechanics and
the engineering aspects of sports equipment performance have influenced
materials and design. Sports whose equipment is considered in detail include:
golf, tennis, cycling, mountaineering, skiing, cricket and paralympic sports.
The overall aim of the book is to make the reader aware of the interaction
between the type of material, its selection, processing and surface treatment,
and show how this process underpins the performance of the final sporting
It is essential reading for all materials scientists and
researchers working in this rapidly developing field.