The purpose of this book is to bring together current scientific understanding of wetting behaviour that has been gained from theoretical models and quantitative experimental observations. The materials considered are liquid metals or inorganic glasses in contact with solid metals or ceramics at temperatures of 200-2000oC.
Wetting has been a significant scientific concern for the last two centuries and reference will be made to classical work by nineteenth century scientists such as Dupré, Laplace and Young that was validated by observations of the behaviour of chemically inert ambient temperature systems.
In attempting to achieve the aims of the book, the text has been divided into ten Chapters that can be grouped into four stages of presentation. The first stage comprises two Chapters that review established and newly developed models for their relevance to wetting behaviour at high temperatures, including recent models that encompass the role of chemical reactions at the solid/liquid interfaces. Attention is paid both to equilibrium wetting behaviour (Chapter 1) and to the factors that control the approach to equilibrium (Chapter 2). Then follow Chapters concerned with experimental techniques for scientific measurement of the extent of wetting (Chapter 3) and with the surface energy data for both metals and non-metals that are essential for quantitative interpretation of wetting behaviour (Chapter 4). Descriptions of experimentally determined and quantified wetting behaviour are presented and interpreted in the third part comprising five Chapters dealing with the characteristics of metal/metal, metal/oxide, metal/non-oxide, metal/carbon and molten glass/solid systems. The book concludes with a Chapter commenting on the role of wetting behaviour in joining similar and dissimilar materials by liquid route techniques.


For scientists and research teams specializing in wetting behaviour.

Table of Contents

Chapter headings and sub-headings: Series Preface. Preface. Fundamental Equations of Wetting. Surface and interfacial energies in solid / liquid / vapour systems. Ideal solid surfaces. Non-ideal solid surfaces. Different types of wetting. Dynamics of Wetting by Metals and Glasses. Non-reactive wetting. Reactive wetting. Formation of 3D Compounds. Methods of Measuring Wettability Parameters. Sessile drop experiments. The wetting balance technique. Accuracy of contact angle data. Surface Energies. Data for metals and alloys. Data for non-metallic compounds. Wetting Properties of Metal / Metal Systems. A pure liquid metal on its own solid. Systems with negligible mutual solubility. Systems with significant mutual solubility. Effects of alloying elements. Systems that form intermetallic compounds. Wetting under technical conditions. Wetting Properties of Metal / Oxide Systems. Reactive and non-reactive systems. Non-reactive pure metal / ionocovalent oxide systems. Effect of electronic structure of the oxide. Effects of oxygen. Alloying elements. Wetting of fluorides. Wetting Properties of Metal / Non-Oxide Ceramic Systems. Metals on predominantly covalent ceramics. Metals on metal-like ceramics. Wetting Properties of Metal / Carbon Systems. Non-reactive systems. Reactive systems. Wetting by Glasses and Salts. The glassy state. Wetting behaviour. Wetting When Joining. Flow into capillary gaps. Joining metal components. Joining ceramic components: ceramic-ceramic and ceramic-metal joints. Joining by related techniques. Effects on mechanical properties. Appendices A-I. List of symbols. Index.


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About the editors

N. Eustathopoulos

Affiliations and Expertise

CNRS, Laboratoire de Thermodynamique et Physicochimie Métallurgiques, ENSEEG, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France

M.G. Nicholas

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly at: Materials Development Division, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, UK

B. Drevet

Affiliations and Expertise

Laboratoire de la Solidification et de ses Procédés, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur les Matériaux, Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique – Grenoble, France


@from:Andreas Mortensen @qu:Capillary equilibrium involving a liquid in contact with a solid is of nearly ubiquitous importance. In everyday life, in industry, in nature, liquid constantly meets solid and this encounter has numerous consequences. At elevated temperatures, the same holds true: metallic or ceramic liquids nearly always come at some point in contact with a solid, and this contact influences many important industrial processes. There are very basic difference between wetting at high temperature and wetting at more usual, near-ambient, temperatures: atoms move faster and atoms interact more strongly. For this reason, wetting at elevated temperature represents a specific problem, and it is pertinent that a book focus on this question.

"Wettability at High Temperatures" does so on the basis of a detailed exposition of underlying fundamentals, both theoretical and experimental. Indeed, the fact that at elevated temperature "everything reacts with everything" has particularly strong consequences in capillarity, because atomic species can, even at minute concentrations and with limited mobility, segregate and completely alter capillary equilibria. Coverage then dives in great detail into the specifics of the principal systems of interest, and then focusses on brazing, a process which relies nearly entirely on elevated temperature capillarity. In addition, this book provides a wealth of data, and as such represents not only a valuable introduction to the field, but a working tool for the practicing scientist and engineer.

The authors count among the top-most present contributors to this question. Dr. Nicholas is a well recognized expert of capillary phenomena in materials processing, and of the brazing process in particular. We owe to Drs. Drevet and Eustathopoulos much of what is the current state of advancement of basic research on wetting at elevated temperature, including the high standards that now exist in experim