Focuses on the effects of porosity and microcracking on the physical properties of ceramics, particularly nominally single phase ceramics. The book elucidates the fundamental interrelationships determining the development and use of materials for actual and potential engineering needs. It aims to help in the understanding of porosity effects on other materials, from ceramic composties, cements and plasters to rocks, metals and polymers.;College or university bookshops may order five or more copies at a special student price, available on request.
Introduction to the microstructural dependence of properties; introduction to, and perspective on, the porosity dependence of properties; porosity dependence of elastic properties at low to moderate temperatures; porosity dependence of fracture energy and toughness, and related crack propagnation at 22C; porosity dependence of tensile strength and reliability at low to moderate temperatures; porosity dependence of hardness, compressive strength, wear and related properties at low to moderate temperatures; porosity dependence of thermal and electrical conductivities and other nonmechanical properties at low to moderate temperatures; porosity dependence of mechanical and other physical properties of related materials at 22C; porosity dependence of properties at higher temperatures, including effects of porosity on thermal shock; summary of porosity dependence, NDE, applications and engineering of porous ceramics.