Light Alloys: From Traditional Alloys to Nanocrystals

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Butterworth-Heinemann, Nov 11, 2005 - Technology & Engineering - 416 pages
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The definitive overview of the science and metallurgy of aluminum, magnesium, titanium and beryllium alloys, this is the only book available covering the background materials science, properties, manufacturing processes and applications of these key engineering metals in a single accessible volume. Use of these metals is now more widespread than ever, and they are routinely found in motor vehicles and aircraft. New material includes materials characteristics and applications; heat treatment properties; fabrication; microstructure/property relationships; new applications and processes.
  • The definitive single volume overview
  • New material on processing, characteristics and applications of these essential metals
  • Covers the latest applications and processes in the auto and aero industries
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The light metals
1
Chapter 2 Physical metallurgy of aluminium alloys
29
Chapter 3 Wrought aluminium alloys
97
Chapter 4 Cast aluminium alloys
205
Chapter 5 Magnesium alloys
237
Chapter 6 Titanium alloys
299
Chapter 7 Novel materials and processing methods
367
Appendix
413
Index
415
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Ian Polmear is a graduate in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Melbourne. After some brief experience in local industry, he joined the former Aeronauitcal Reseach Laboratories in Melbourne where he later became a Principal Research Scientist and Leader of the Aircraft Materials Group. Shortly after Monash University was established in 1961, he was appointed Professor of Materials Science and was Foundation Chairman of the Department of Materials Engineering. Before retiring in 1992, he served four years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor. His research interests have focused on precipitation phenomena in aluminium alloys, trace element effects, relationships between microstructure and mechanical properties, and the development of high strength aluminium alloys for aircraft. He has had visiting appointments in England, Switzerland and Japan and was the author of the first four editions of Light Alloys which were published between 1981 and 2006. Emeritus Professor Polmear is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

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