Ashby Charts (Eco-costs / Quality Charts)
Only 3 types of Ashby charts (Ashby, 2009) are provided at this webpage:
- eco-costs versus yield strength, to select materials with a high strength and a low eco-burden
- eco-costs versus Young’s modulus, to select materials with high stiffness and a low eco-burden
- eco-costs versus density, to select materials with a low weight (e.g. for parts of vehicles, since transport of more weight results in more eco-burden)
The optimum choice depends on the specific application of the material. For a comprehensive explanation see (Ashby, 2009).
For a tie rod, where strength is the quality criterion, the optimum material choice is determined by the lowest ratio of
eco-costs (euro/m2) / yield strength (MPa)
This equation results in a line of “equal eco-costs at equal strength” in Fig.7.1.
In design, however, the bending characteristics of a beam are often more important. For the bending strength of a beam, the optimum material choice is determined by the lowest ratio of
eco-costs (euro/m2) / [yield strength (MPa)]**2/3
Figure 7.3 The “equal eco-costs at equal bending stiffness” line for a beam
At this page below, you can find the different Ashby Charts for the yield strength, the Young’s modulus and the density of several materials in relationship to the eco-costs (per m2).
Note. The charts have been based on the eco-costs 2012, rather than the eco-costs 2023, however the relative positions are not much affected (since the graphs have a logarithmic scale). In due time the graphs will be updated.