Modern Physical Metallurgy


  • R. E. Smallman, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Department of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, UK
  • A.H.W. Ngan, PhD, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hong Kong

Modern Physical Metallurgy describes, in a very readable form, the fundamental principles of physical metallurgy and the basic techniques for assessing microstructure. This book enables you to understand the properties and applications of metals and alloys at a deeper level than that provided in an introductory materials course.

The eighth edition of this classic text has been updated to provide a balanced coverage of properties, characterization, phase transformations, crystal structure, and corrosion not available in other texts, and includes updated illustrations along with extensive new real-world examples and homework problems.

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Mid/senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in metallurgy, materials science, physical metallurgy, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, physics, manufacturing engineering and related courses


Book information

  • Published: September 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-098204-5

Table of Contents

  1. Atoms and atomic arrangements
  2. Phase equilibria and structure
  3. Crystal defects
  4. Characterization and analysis
  5. Physical properties
  6. Mechanical properties I
  7. Mechanical Properties II
  8. Strengthening and toughening
  9. Advanced alloys
  10. Oxidation, corrosion and surface treatment
  11. Non-metallics I - Ceramics, glass, glass-ceramics
  12. Non-metallics II - Polymers, plastics, composites
  13. Case examination of biomaterials, sports materials and nanomaterials
  14. Numerical answers to problems
  15. Appendix 1: SI units
  16. Appendix 2: Conversion factors, constants and physical data
  17. Index