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Introduction to the High Temperature Oxidation of Metals / Edition 2

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A straightfoward treatment describing the oxidation processes of metals and alloys at elevated temperatures. This new edition retains the fundamental theory but incorporates advances made in understanding degradation phenomena. Oxidation processes in complex systems are discussed, from reactions in mixed environments to protective techniques, including coatings and atmosphere control. The authors provide a logical and expert treatment of the subject, producing a revised book that will be of use to students studying degradation of high-temperature materials and an essential guide to researchers requiring an understanding of this elementary process.
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"Overall the book is very well presented...I would recommend this book for anyone coming to the subject for the first time as well as practising scientists for whom it's use as a brush-up to their knowledge and as the basis of many valuable references makes it a very valuable resource."
Dr. J.A. Little, Materials Characterization

"For the past twenty years, Birk's first edition has been the most important university textbook on the subject of high-temperature oxidation of metals. This new edition seems likely to continue to lead the field." —The Journal of Science and Engineering; Corrosion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521480420
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Birks was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Gerald H. Meier is William Kepler Whiteford Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Fred S. Pettit is Harry S. Tack Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Table of Contents

1 Methods of investigation 1
2 Thermodynamic fundamentals 16
3 Mechanisms of oxidation 39
4 Oxidation of pure metals 75
5 Oxidation of alloys 101
6 Oxidation in oxidants other than oxygen 163
7 Reactions of metals in mixed environments 176
8 Hot corrosion 205
9 Erosion - corrosion of metals in oxidizing atmospheres 253
10 Protective coatings 271
11 Atmosphere control for the protection of metals during production processes 306
App. A Solution to Fick's second law for a semi-infinite solid 323
App. B Rigorous derivation of the kinetics of internal oxidation 327
App. C Effects of impurities on oxide defect structures 332
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