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Phase Diagrams and Ceramic Processes - Anna E. McHale

Phase Diagrams and Ceramic Processes

Hardcover Published: 31st October 1997
ISBN: 9780412131912
Number Of Pages: 184

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Ceramic products are fabricated from selected and consolidated raw materials through the application of thermal and mechanical energy. The complex connec­ tions between thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, fabrication processes, phase development, and ceramic properties define the undergraduate curriculum in Ceramic Science and Ceramic Engineering. Phase diagrams are usually introduced into the engineering curriculum during the study of physical chemistry, prior to specialization into ceramic engineering. This creates an artificial separation between consideration of the equilibrium description of the chemically heterogeneous system and the engineering and physical processes required for phase, microstructure, and property development in ceramic materials. Although convenient for instructional purposes, the separa­ tion of these topics limits the effective application of phase diagram information by the ceramic engineer in research and manufacturing problem solving. The nature of oxide phases, which define their useful engineering properties, are seldom linked to the stability of those phases which underlies their reliability as engineered products. Similarly, ceramic fabrication processes are seldom dis­ cussed within the context of the equilibrium or metastable phase diagram. In this text, phase diagrams are presented with a discussion of ceramics' properties and processing. Particular emphasis is placed on the nature of the oxides themselves-their structural and dielectric properties-which results in unique and stable product performance. Any set of systematic property measurements can be the basis for a phase diagram: every experiment is an experiment in the approach to phase equilibrium.

Introductionp. 1
Products and Propertiesp. 8
Mass Transport for Reactionp. 18
From Equilibrium Thermodynamics to Phase Equilibriap. 29
The Phase Rule and Heterogeneous Equilibriap. 63
One- and Two-Component System Presentationsp. 70
Three or More Component Equilibriap. 110
Engineered Systems and Oxide Phase Equilibriap. 131
Referencesp. 160
Suggested Exercisesp. 165
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9780412131912
ISBN-10: 0412131919
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 31st October 1997
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.03