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.
"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