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Engineers have many materials to choose from when dealing with weight-related design constraints. The list includes aluminum, beryllium, magnesium, and titanium alloys as well as engineering plastics, structural ceramics, and polymer-, metal-, and ceramic-matrix composites. This chapter provides a brief overview of these lightweight materials, discussing their primary advantages along with their properties, behaviors, and limitations.

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Introduction and Uses of Lightweight Materials, Lightweight Materials: Understanding the Basics, Edited By F.C. Campbell, ASM International, 2012, p 1–31, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.tb.lmub.t53550001

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