Series: Pergamon Materials Series

The Pergamon Materials series presents texts that satisfy one of two criteria: the systematic presentation of a specialised but important topic within materials science or engineering that has not previously (or recently) been the subject of full-length treatment and is in rapid development; or the systematic account of a broad theme in materials science or engineering. The main (but not exclusive) audience is intended to be at graduate level. For more information about the series or for details of how to submit a book proposal, please contact the Series Editors, Lindsay Greer at and Ke Lu at, or the Acquisitions Editor, Susan Dennis at

Most recent volume

Volume 17. Grain Refinement of Alloys by Inoculation of the Melt

Published: 1st December 2020 Editors: Paul Cooper Alan Greer

Grain refinement by chemical additions is almost universal for aluminium castings, being applied equally for large-scale DC-cast wrought alloys and for small-scale shaped castings. The process is important for other alloy systems also, notably magnesium alloys. Light alloys are assuming ever greater importance in energy-efficient transport and are the subject of much development worldwide. In parallel with these industrial developments, fundamental studies have made great advances in understanding nucleation mechanisms. As a result, there have been improvements in grain-refining practice and performance. It is often now possible to make quantitative predictions of grain size in industrial castings. Overall, grain refinement by inoculation is likely to become important for a wider range of systems.

At this time of academic advances and industrial interest, this book presents thorough, up-to-date reviews of the metallurgical fundamentals, and of industrial practice.

Additional volumes

Volume 16. Underneath the Bragg Peaks

Published: 2nd October 2003 Editors: Takeshi Egami Simon Billinge Takeshi Egami Simon Billinge

Volume 15. Nucleation in Condensed Matter

Published: 7th April 2010 Editors: Ken Kelton Alan Greer

Volume 14. Self-diffusion and Impurity Diffusion in Pure Metals

Published: 4th September 2008 Editors: Cornelis Tuijn Gerhard Neumann

Volume 13. Intermetallic Chemistry

Published: 6th December 2007 Editors: Adriana Saccone Riccardo Ferro

Volume 12. Phase Transformations

Volume 11. Thermo-Mechanical Processing of Metallic Materials

Published: 7th June 2007 Editors: Julian Driver Bert Verlinden Indradev Samajdar Roger Doherty

Volume 10. Metastable Solids from Undercooled Melts

Published: 18th December 2006 Editors: Peter Galenko Dieter Herlach Dirk Holland-Moritz

Volume 9. The Local Chemical Analysis of Materials

Published: 31st October 2003 Editors: J. W. Martin

Volume 8. Thermally Activated Mechanisms in Crystal Plasticity

Published: 8th September 2003 Editors: D. Caillard J.L. Martin

Volume 6. Multinuclear Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance of Inorganic Materials

Published: 26th April 2002 Editors: Kenneth MacKenzie M.E. Smith

Volume 5. The Coming of Materials Science

Published: 16th March 2001 Editors: R.W. Cahn

Volume 4. Structural Biological Materials

Published: 8th May 2000 Editors: M. Elices

Volume 3. Wettability at High Temperatures

Published: 24th November 1999 Editors: M.G. Nicholas B. Drevet N. Eustathopoulos

Volume 2. Non-equilibrium Processing of Materials

Published: 22nd July 1999 Editors: C. Suryanarayana

Volume 1. CALPHAD (Calculation of Phase Diagrams): A Comprehensive Guide

Published: 9th June 1998 Editors: A.P. Miodownik N. Saunders