ASM-74568G Materials in Sports Equipment

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ASM-74568G Materials in Sports Equipment

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.

  • A major new handbook on materials in sports
  • Practical guide to material selection and processing for equipment used in many popular sports
  • Shows how material characteristics affect design and performance
  • Distinguished international contributors
  • Essential reference for materials scientists developing new products in this rapidly developing industry

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 product.

It will be essential reading for all materials scientists and researchers working in this rapidly developing field.

About the editor
Mike Jenkins studied Chemistry before completing a PhD in Polymer Science at the University of Birmingham, UK. During a 3 year joint appointment as a Research Fellow at Birmingham and NXT Ltd, his research interests evolved to encompass the dynamic mechanical response of carbon fibre reinforced polymers and engineering polymers. Following his industrial role he was appointed as a lecturer in Materials Science at the University of Birmingham where he is now the Course Director for Sports and Materials Science and Course Tutor for Biomedical and Materials Science. He is an active member of the Executive Committee of the International Sports Engineering Association and the editorial board of the journal, Sports Engineering. His current research interests include the use of polymeric materials in sports equipment and biomedical engineering.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Part 1: General uses

Chapter 2: Foam protection in sport
Chapter 3: Performance of sports surfaces
Chapter 4: Running shoe materials
Chapter 5: Balls and Ballistics

Part 2: Particular sports
Chapter 6: Materials in golf
Chapter 7: Surface engineering in sport
Chapter 8: Materials and tennis strings
Chapter 9: Materials and tennis rackets
Chapter 10: Materials in bicycles
Chapter 11: Materials in mountaineering
Chapter 12: Materials in skiing
Chapter 13: Materials in cricket
Chapter 14: Materials Used in paralympic sports

Publisher: Woodhead Publishing Ltd.
Published: 2003
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9781855735996

Editor: M Jenkins   |   Hardcover   |   Product code: 74568G   |   ISBN: 978 1 85573 599 6