Superplasticity in Metals and Ceramics

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This book describes advances in the field of superplasticity, the ability of certain materials to undergo very large tensile strains. This phenomenon has increasing commercial applications, but also presents a fascinating scientific challenge in attempts to understand the physical mechanisms that underpin it. The authors emphasize the materials aspects of superplasticity. Beginning with a brief history of the phenomenon, they describe the two major types of superplasticity— fine-structure and internal-stress superplasticity— and discuss their operative mechanisms. They also present microstructural factors controlling the ductility and fracture in superplastic materials. Observations of superplasticity in metals (including aluminum, magnesium, iron, titanium and nickel), ceramics (including monoliths and composites), intermetallics (including iron, nickel, and titanium base), and laminates are thoroughly described. This is a valuable text for graduate students and researchers in materials science and engineering.

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'Highly recommended as a useful reference source.' Aslib Book Guide
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521561051
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Series: Cambridge Solid State Science Series
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Key historical contributions; 3. Types of superplasticity; 4. Mechanisms of high-temperature deformation and phenomenological relations for fine-structure superplasticity; 5. Fine-structure superplastic metals; 6. Fine-structure superplastic ceramics; 7. Fine-structure superplastic intermetallics; 8. Fine-structure superplastic composites and laminates; 9. High-strain-rate superplasticity; 10. Ductility and fracture in superplastic materials; 11. Internal-stress superplasticity (ISS); 12. Other possible superplasticity mechanisms; 13. Enhanced powder consolidation through superplastic flow; 14. Superplastic forming and diffusion bonding; 15. Commercial examples of superplastic products; Index.

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