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The Mechanisms of Metallurgical Failure - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128224113, 9780128226797

The Mechanisms of Metallurgical Failure

1st Edition

On the Origin of Fracture

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Author: John Campbell
Paperback ISBN: 9780128224113
eBook ISBN: 9780128226797
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 21st May 2020
Page Count: 320
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Metallurgy of Fracture: The Mechanics of Metal Failure looks at the origin of metal defects, their related mechanisms of failure, and the modification of casting procedures to eliminate these defects, clearly connecting the strength and durability of metals with their fabrication process. The book starts with a focus on the fracture of liquids, looking at topics such as homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation, entrainment processes in bifilms and bubbles, furling and unfurling, ingot casting, continuous casting, and more. From there it discusses fracture of liquid and solid state, focusing on topics such as externally and internally initiated tearing. The book then concludes with a section discussing fracture of solid metals covering concepts such as ductility and brittleness, dislocation mechanisms, the relationship between the microstructure and properties of metals, corrosion, hydrogen embrittlement, and more. Improved approaches to fabrication and casting processes that will help eliminate these defects are provided throughout.

Key Features

  • Looks at how the fracture of metals originates in the liquid-state due to poor casting practices
  • Offers improved casting techniques to reduce liquid-state borne fracture
  • Draws attention to the parallels between fracture initiation in the liquid and solid states
  • Covers spall tests and how to improve material quality by hot isostatic pressing


Researchers, graduate students, postdocs, professors; Professional engineers

Table of Contents

1. Theoretical Strength of Liquids
2. Non-Classical Mechanisms of Fracture in Metals
3. Experimental Hydrostatic Tensions in Liquids
4. Entrainment Processes
5. Entrainment Avoidance
6. The Quest for Clean Steels
7. Externally Initiated Tearing
8. Internally Initiated Tearing
9. The Concepts of Ductility and Brittleness
10. Theoretical Strength of the Solid
11. Theoretical Strength Summary
12. Consolidation
13. Microstructure and Properties of Metals


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About the Author

John Campbell

John Campbell

John Campbell OBE is a leading international figure in the castings industry, with over four decades of experience. He is the originator of the Cosworth Casting Process, the pre-eminent production process for automobile cylinder heads and blocks. He is also co-inventor of both the Baxi Casting Process (now owned by Alcoa) developed in the UK, and the newly emerging Alotech Casting Process in the USA. He is Professor Emeritus of Casting Technology at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus of Casting Technology, University of Birmingham, UK

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