Thermochemical Processes: Principles and Models

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Today the study of materials is concerned with the underlying thermodynamic and chemical processes involved in the manufacture and processing of a wide range of materials - metals, ceramics, semi-conductors, plastics and composites.

For the first time, this book provides a quantitative description and examples of the application of physical chemical concepts to the processing and degradation of metallic and other inorganic materials, from the atomic scale to the analysis of industrial processes.

Thermochemical Processes: Principles and Models deals with processes dominated in turn by the gas phase (such as chemical vapour deposition), the solid phase (such as powder metallurgy electroceramics and high-temperature corrosion) and the liquid phase (such as extraction metallurgy and glass-making).

C. B. Alcock provides information which will prove invaluable to academics and workers involved in high temperature industries and in particular to those with an interest in the scientific analysis of processes - which will be most useful to those working in the field of modelling.

First ever quantitative approach to the subject of Thermochemical processing.

Companion volume to Kubachewski et al.

Audience: Materials scientists, industrial process designers, chemical engineers and students.

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Editorial Reviews

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'the breadth of topics featured in this book is impressive...Any technical section or metallurgical laboratory that is involved in manufacturing should have a copy of this text.....If you are looking for a book that will aid you in your understanding of thermodynamics and chemical processes then this is for you.'
Materials World, December 2001.

'the author must have a thorough knowledge of many of the topics he discusses....I shall certainly keep it on my bookshelf as a reference source to provide a brief review of material-based issues.'
Chemistry in Britain, March 2002

In a companion to O. Kubaschewski's , Alcock deals primarily with the kinetic and transport theory of high- temperature chemical reactions for students who have already absorbed the basic courses in classical thermodynamics now required by nearly all students of materials science and chemical engineering before they study materials processing. He describes quantitatively the application of physical and chemical concepts to processing and degrading metals, ceramics, semiconductors, plastics, and composites, from the atomic scale to that of industrial processes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750651554
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Vapour deposition; Chemical vapour deposition; Gaseous reactions, Photochemical Reactions; Molecular decomposition; Adsorption and surface energies of metals; Catalysis of Metals; Solid State Kinetics; Charge and heat transport properties; Structure and diffusion properties of metals; Diffusion in non-metallic systems; Solid state processes in oxides; Gas-solid reactions; Processes involving liquids; Extraction Metallurgy; Appendices; Bibliography; Index

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