- In this TLP you have learnt how and why to use materials-selection maps, and about the common merit indices used in conjunction with these maps. Simple merit indices have been derived and used to analyse the difference in applicability of various materials.
- Many biomaterials show interesting properties and can outperform common engineering materials. You will have discovered why certain biomaterials have evolved to show these properties and you will be able to think about why other biomaterials may have certain properties.
- You should now be aware of how to choose a shortlist of materials suitable for a specific application, and be able to decide which material out of a selection is most suited to a particular purpose. However, you should also be aware of the limitations of merit indices and materials-selection maps for choosing a material and be able to think of other practical considerations involved.