Physical Metallurgy and Advanced Materials

7th Edition

Authors: R. E. Smallman A.H.W. Ngan
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750669061
eBook ISBN: 9780080552866
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 9th October 2007
Page Count: 672
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Physical Metallurgy and Advanced Materials, Seventh Edition, discusses the fundamental principles of metallurgy and materials science. The present volume emerged from earlier editions of Modern Physical Metallurgy (1962, 1970, 1985) and later editions of Modern Physical Metallurgy and Materials Engineering (1995, 1999). Presentations and content have been updated, and each chapter ends with a set of questions to enable readers to apply the scientific concepts presented in the chapter, as well as emphasize important material properties. Topics covered include atoms and atomic arrangements, phase equilibria and structure, crystal defects, characterization and analysis of materials, and physical and mechanical properties of materials. The chapters also examine the properties of materials, such as advanced alloys, ceramics, glass, polymers, plastics, composites, biomaterials, sports materials, and nanomaterials.

Key Features

  • Renowned coverage of metals and alloys, plus other materials classes including ceramics and polymers.
  • Updated coverage of sports materials, biomaterials and nanomaterials.
  • Covers new materials characterization techniques, including scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and nanoindentation.
  • Easy to navigate with contents split into logical groupings: fundamentals, metals and alloys, nonmetals, processing and applications.
  • Detailed worked examples with real-world applications.
  • Rich pedagogy includes extensive homework exercises.


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

Table of Contents

Preface About the authors Acknowledgments Illustration credits Chapter 1 Atoms and atomic arrangements 1.1 The realm of materials science 1.2 The free atom 1.2.1 The four electron quantum numbers 1.2.2 Nomenclature for the electronic states 1.3 The Periodic Table 1.4 Interatomic bonding in materials 1.5 Bonding and energy levels 1.6 Crystal lattices and structures 1.7 Crystal directions and planes 1.8 Stereographic projection 1.9 Selected crystal structures 1.9.1 Pure metals 1.9.2 Diamond and graphite 1.9.3 Coordination in ionic crystals 1.9.4 AB-type compounds Chapter 2 Phase equilibria and structure 2.1 Crystallization from the melt 2.1.1 Freezing of a pure metal 2.1.2 Plane-front and dendritic solidification at a cooled surface 2.1.3 Forms of cast structure 2.1.4 Gas porosity and segregation 2.1.5 Directional solidification 2.1.6 Production of metallic single crystals for research 2.2 Principles and applications of phase diagrams 2.2.1 The concept of a phase 2.2.2 The Phase Rule 2.2.3 Stability of phases 2.2.4 Two-phase equilibria 2.2.5 Three-phase equilibria and reactions 2.2.6 Intermediate phases 2.2.7 Limitations of phase diagrams 2.2.8 Some key phase diagrams 2.2.9 Ternary phase diagrams 2.3 Principles of alloy theory 2.3.1 Primary substitutional solid solutions 2.3.2 Interstitial solid solutions 2.3.3 Types of intermediate phases 2.3.4 Order–disorder phenomena 2.4 The mechanism of phase changes 2.4.1 Kinetic considerations 2.4.2 Homogeneous nucleation 2.4.3 Heterogeneous nucleation 2.4.4 Nucleation in solids Chapter 3 Crystal defects 3.1 Types of imperfecti


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About the Author

R. E. Smallman

After gaining his PhD in 1953, Professor Smallman spent five years at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell before returning to the University of Birmingham, where he became Professor of Physical Metallurgy in 1964 and Feeney Professor and Head of the Department of Physical Metallurgy and Science of Materials in 1969. He subsequently became Head of the amalgamated Department of Metallurgy and Materials (1981), Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and the first Dean of the newly created Engineering Faculty in 1985. For five years he wasVice-Principal of the University (1987–92). He has held visiting professorship appointments at the University of Stanford, Berkeley, Pennsylvania (USA), New SouthWales (Australia), Hong Kong and Cape Town, and has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Novi Sad (Yugoslavia), University ofWales and Cranfield University. His research work has been recognized by the award of the Sir George Beilby Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of Chemistry and Institute of Metals (1969), the Rosenhain Medal of the Institute of Metals for contributions to Physical Metallurgy (1972), the Platinum Medal, the premier medal of the Institute of Materials (1989), and the Acta Materialia Gold Medal (2004). Hewas elected a Fellowof the Royal Society (1986), a Fellowof the RoyalAcademy of Engineering (1990), a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Engineering (2005), and appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1992. A former Council Member of the Science and Engineering Research Council, he has been Vice-President of the Institute of Materials and President of the Federated European Materials Societies. Since retirement he has been academic consultant for a number of institutions both in the UK and overseas.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Department of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, UK

A.H.W. Ngan

Professor Ngan obtained his PhD on electron microscopy of intermetallics in 1992 at the University of Birmingham, under the supervision of Professor Ray Smallman and Professor Ian Jones. He then carried out postdoctoral research at Oxford University on materials simulations under the supervision of Professor David Pettifor. In 1993, he returned to the University of Hong Kong as a Lecturer in Materials Science and Solid Mechanics, at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2003, he became Senior Lecturer and in 2006 Professor. His research interests include dislocation theory, electron microscopy of materials and, more recently, nanomechanics. He has published over 120 refereed papers, mostly in international journals. He received a number of awards, including the Williamson Prize (for being the top Engineering student in his undergraduate studies at the University of Hong Kong), Thomas Turner Research Prize (for the quality of his PhD thesis at the University of Birmingham), Outstanding Young Researcher Award at the University of Hong Kong, and in 2007 was awarded the Rosenhain Medal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He also held visiting professorship appointments at Nanjing University and the Central Iron and Steel Research Institute in Beijing, and in 2003, he was also awarded the Universitas 21 Fellowship to visit the University of Auckland. He is active in conference organization and journal editorial work.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hong Kong