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5th Edition

Materials Science for Engineers

ISBN 9780748763658
Published June 9, 2003 by CRC Press
678 Pages

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Book Description

This fifth edition of a successful textbook continues to provide students with an introduction to the basic principles of materials science over a broad range of topics. The authors have revised and updated this edition to include many new applications and recently developed materials.

The book is presented in three parts. The first section discusses the physics, chemistry, and internal structure of materials. The second part examines the mechanical properties of materials and their application in engineering situations. The final section presents the electromagnetic properties of materials and their application. Each chapter begins with an outline of the relevance of its topics and ends with problems that require an understanding of the theory and some reasoning ability to resolve. These are followed by self-assessment questions, which test students' understanding of the principles of materials science and are designed to quickly cover the subject area of the chapter.

This edition of Materials Science for Engineers includes an expanded treatment of many materials, particulary polymers, foams, composites and functional materials. Of the latter, superconductors and magnetics have received greater coverage to account for the considerable development in these fields in recent years. New sections on liquid crystals, superalloys, and organic semiconductors have also been added to provide a comprehensive overview of the field of materials science.

Table of Contents

The Basis of Materials Science
The Smallest Building Blocks: Electrons, Photons and Their Behaviour
The Simplest Atom: Hydrogen
Atoms with Many Electrons: The Periodic Table
Molecules and Interatomic Bonding
The Internal Structure of Crystals
Thermal Properties: Kinetic Theory, Phonons and Phase Changes
Crystal Defects

Mechanical Properties
Phase Diagrams and Microstructure of alloys
Polymers and Plastics
Multiphase Materials and Composites

Electrical Conduction in Metals
Semiconductor Materials Processing
Magnetic Materials
Dielectric, Piezoelectric, Ferroelectric and Pyroelectric Materials
Optical Materials

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"The whole book is an easy-to-read introduction into some of the most important and interesting parts of materials science. It focuses on the main issues and treats these in a clear and precise manner … . A number of end-of-chapter problems and well-selected self-assessment questions (with answers) will enable students to test their understanding of the text … . [Some] textbooks … try to introduce microstructural characterization and micromechanical modelling at the undergraduate stage, but many statements … turn out to be incorrect ... . This is what the present book carefully avoids and what might be a key to its success."
- Materials World, Vol. 13, No. 7, July 2005