Introduction to the High Temperature Oxidation of Metals / Edition 2

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A straightforward treatment describing the oxidation processes of metals and alloys at elevated temperatures. This 2006 second edition retains the fundamental theory but incorporates advances made in understanding degradation phenomena. The first half provides an authoritative introduction to the basic principles, covering thermodynamics and mechanisms of high temperature corrosion of metals and alloys. The latter half extends the discussion to oxidation processes in complex systems, 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 edition that will be a comprehensive guide to material scientists and engineers 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: 9780521485173
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/23/2009
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (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

Acknowledgments; Preface; Introduction; 1. Methods of investigation; 2. Thermodynamic fundamentals; 3. Mechanisms of oxidation; 4. Oxidation of pure metals; 5. Oxidation of alloys; 6. Oxidation by oxidants other than oxygen; 7. Reactions of metals in mixed environments; 8. Hot corrosion; 9. Erosion-corrosion of metals in oxidizing atmospheres; 10. Protective coatings; 11. Atmosphere control for the protection of metals during production processes; Appendix A. Solution to Fick's second law for a semi-infinite solid; Appendix B. Rigorous derivation of the kinetics of internal oxidation; Appendix C. Effects of impurities on oxide defect structure; Index.

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