Process metallurgy provides academics with the fundamentals of the manufacturing of metallic materials, from raw materials into finished parts or products.

Coverage is divided into three volumes, entitled Process Fundamentals, encompassing process fundamentals, extractive and refining processes, and metallurgical process phenomena; Processing Phenomena, encompassing ferrous processing; non-ferrous processing; and refractory, reactive and aqueous processing of metals; and Industrial Processes, encompassing process modeling and computational tools, energy optimization, environmental aspects and industrial design.

The work distils 400+ years combined academic experience from the principal editor and multidisciplinary 14-member editorial advisory board, providing the 2,608-page work with a seal of quality.

The volumes will function as the process counterpart to Robert Cahn and Peter Haasen’s famous reference family, Physical Metallurgy (1996)--which excluded process metallurgy from consideration and which is currently undergoing a major revision under the editorship of David Laughlin and Kazuhiro Hono (publishing 2014). Nevertheless, process and extractive metallurgy are fields within their own right, and this work will be of interest to libraries supporting courses in the process area.

Key Features

  • Synthesizes the most pertinent contemporary developments within process metallurgy so scientists have authoritative information at their fingertips
  • Replaces existing articles and monographs with a single complete solution, saving time for busy scientists
  • Helps metallurgists to predict changes and consequences and create or modify whatever process is deployed


For teaching and research faculty, upper level undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral research associates in metallurgy and materials science and technology and related areas of study (physics, chemistry and biomedical science) as well as researchers and staff members of government and industrial research laboratories. Particularly useful for more experienced research workers who require an overview of fields comparatively new to them, or with which they wish to renew contact after a gap of some years.

Table of Contents



Editor in Chief


Contributors to volume 1


The Review Committee

Chapter 1. Process Metallurgy—An Argosy Through Time


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Alchemy and the Discovery of Metals

1.3 Development of Extraction Processes


Chapter 1.1. Introduction to Metallurgical Processing

1.1.1 Recent Development Trends

1.1.2 Process Options

1.1.3 Classification of Metallurgical Reactors

1.1.4 Summary of General Characteristics of Metallurgical Reactors

1.1.5 Reactor and Process Design Methodologies

1.1.6 Summary


Chapter 2. Structure and Properties of Matter


2.1 State and Equilibrium

2.2 State of Matter

2.3 Solid

2.4 Liquid

2.5 Gas

2.6 Glass = Amorphous Solid

2.7 Plasma

2.8 Phase Transition

2.9 Glass Transition

2.10 Description of Structural Features of Liquid

2.11 Structural Features of Metallic and Oxide Melts


Chapter 2.1. Structure and Properties of Molten Metals


2.1.1 Structure

2.1.2 Properties

2.1.3 Structure-Property Relations and Interproperty Relations

2.1.4 Summary


Chapter 2.2. The Structure and Properties of Silicate Slags

Symbols, Units, and Abbreviations


2.2.1 Introduction

2.2.2 Structure of Slags and Glasses

2.2.3 Effect of Structure on Properties

2.2.4 Properties of Slags Based on Silicate Network

2.2.5 Summary and Conclusions

Appendix Thermodynamic Properties of Slags

Nomenclature of Appendix

A.1 Pertinent Properties

A.2 Bonding, Electronegativity, and Ideal Ionic Solution

A.3 Nonideal S


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