416 Pages 285 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Pearlitic steel is the strongest commercially available mass-produced alloy, and pearlite is used in a myriad of applications, from the reinforcement of tyres in every single road vehicle in the world, to the creation of pathways across troubled waters. Pearlite in Steels is the first book dedicated to this vast subject. The book uniquely covers the topic in depth, providing a comprehensive coverage of fundamentals and technologies that make pearlite vital as an engineered material.

    • Covers the 3D-structure of pearlite over a wide range of length scales.

    • Details the relationship between imperfect structure and consequences.

    • Discusses all aspects of structure and complex properties.

    • Covers the evolution of structure during traumatic processing.

    • Engineering aspects are highlighted: the twisting of pearlitic wires, for the safe application of the strongest of ropes in safety-critical scenarios.

    • Highlights difficulties and inconsistencies, thereby helping to develop research.

    Aimed at materials engineers and metallurgists, this book by a leading global authority on the subject offers readers the deepest and broadest overview of pearlite in steels to date.

    0. Front Matter.  1. Introduction.  2. Structure.  3. Crystallography.  4. Strength.  5. Ducility, toughness and fatigue.  6. Banded microstructures.  7. Hypereutectoid steels.  8. Kinetics.  9. Spheroidisation.  10. Alloy pearlite.  11. Hydrogen effects.  12. Pearlite in rail steels.  13. Pearlitic wire.  14. Miscellaneous.  15. Other eutectoids.  End Matter I.  Acronyms. End Matter II. Nomenclature.  End Matter III. Indices.  


    Harshad K. D. H. Bhadeshia is the Emeritus Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge and Professor of Metallurgy at Queen Mary University of London. His main interest has been on the theory of solid-state phase transformations with emphasis on the prediction and verification of microstructural development in complex metallic alloys, particularly multicomponent steels. He has authored or co-authored some 700 research publications. His books include Bainite in steels (3rd edition 2015), Steels (5th edition 2024, with Robert Honeycombe), Geometry of crystals, poly-crystals and phase transformations (2018), Theory of transformations in steels (2021), Innovations in everyday engineering materials (2021, with Tarashankar DebRoy) and Phase transitions (2023 with Haixue Yan). He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1998, of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2002, a Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering (India) in 2004 and was awarded the Bessemer Gold Medal in 2006. Professor Bhadeshia was appointed a Knights Bachelor in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to science and technology.