Handbook of Environmental Degradation of Materials

Handbook of Environmental Degradation of Materials

3rd Edition - June 15, 2018

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  • Author: Myer Kutz
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323524735
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323524728

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The Handbook of Environmental Degradation of Materials, Third Edition, explains how to measure, analyze and control environmental degradation for a wide range of industrial materials, including metals, polymers, ceramics, concrete, wood and textiles exposed to environmental factors, such as weather, seawater, and fire. This updated edition divides the material into four new sections, Analysis and Testing, Types of Degradation, Protective Measures and Surface Engineering, then concluding with Case Studies. New chapters include topics on Hydrogen Permeation and Hydrogen Induced Cracking, Weathering of Plastics, the Environmental Degradation of Ceramics and Advanced Materials, Antimicrobial Layers, Coatings, and the Corrosion of Pipes in Drinking Water Systems. Expert contributors to this book provide a wealth of insider knowledge and engineering expertise that complements their explanations and advice. Case Studies from areas such as pipelines, tankers, packaging and chemical processing equipment ensure that the reader understands the practical measures that can be put in place to save money, lives and the environment.

Key Features

  • Introduces the reader to the effects of environmental degradation on a wide range of materials, including metals, plastics, concrete, wood and textiles
  • Describes the kind of degradation that effects each material and how best to protect it
  • Includes case studies that show how organizations, from small consulting firms, to corporate giants design and manufacture products that are more resistant to environmental effects


Engineers: Civil, Mechanical, Materials, Design, Maintenance, Chemical and Process Industries: construction / civil engineering, automotive / aerospace / transportation, chemical processing, consumer packaging, paints and coatings, petrochemical, pipeline, plastics. Level: Practicing engineers and technicians, students seeking real-world examples and applied techniques

Table of Contents

  • 1. Analysis of Failures of Metallic Materails Due to Environmental Factors
    2. Laboratory Assessment of Corrosion
    3. Paint Weathering Tests
    4. Polymer Coatings for Concrete Surfaces: Testing and Modeling

    Types of Degradation
    5. Electrochemical Corrosion
    6. High Temperature Oxidation
    7. Hydrogen Permeation and Hydrogen Induced Cracking
    8. Weathering of Plastics
    9. Thermal Degradation of Polymers and Polymer Composites
    10. Environmental Degradation of Ceramics
    11. Environmental Degradation of Engineered Nanomaterials
    12. Environmental Degradation of Reinforced Concrete
    13. Material Flammability
    14. Biofouling and prevention, and biodeterioration and biodegradation of materials

    Protective Measures and Surface Engineering
    15. Cathodic Protection
    16. Thermal and Fire Protective Fabric Systems
    17. Protection of Wood-Based Materials
    18. Polymer Stabilization
    19. The Intersection of Design, Manufacturing, and Surface Engineering
    20. Antimicrobial Layers and Coatings
    21. Protective Coatings for Aluminum Alloys
    22. Corrosion Resistant Coatings and Paints
    23. Thermal Spray Coatings

    Case Studies
    24. Corrosion of Pipes in Drinking Water Systems
    25. Cathodic Protection for Pipelines
    26. Corrosion and Corrosion Protection in the Marine and Offshore Industries
    27. Barrier Packaging Materials
    28. Corrosion prevention and control programs for chemical processing equipment
    29. Degradation of Spacecraft Materials

Product details

  • No. of pages: 684
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2018
  • Published: June 15, 2018
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323524735
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323524728

About the Author

Myer Kutz

Myer Kutz has been heading his own firm, Myer Kutz Associates, Inc., since 1990. For the past several years, he has focused on writing and developing engineering handbooks on a wide range of technical topics, such as mechanical, materials, biomedical, transportation, and environmentally conscious engineering. Earlier, his firm supplied consulting services to a large client roster, including Fortune 500 companies, scientific societies, and large and small publishers. He has been a trustee of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and chaired committees of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Association of American Publishers. He holds engineering degrees from MIT and RPI, served as an officer in the US Army Ordnance Corp, and worked in the aerospace industry on the Apollo project. He is the author of nine books. He writes “The Scholarly Publishing Scene”, a column for the magazine Against the Grain. He lives in Delmar, New York, with his wife, Arlene.

Affiliations and Expertise

Owner, Myer Kutz Associates. Inc., Delmar, NY, USA

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