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Treatise on Materials Science and Technology

This book discusses the structure and properties of the current and potential aluminum alloys in terms of their structure (and structural transformations by new processing methods) and the relationship between structure and mechanical and other properties. The alternative materials that challenge aluminum are considered as well, since the challenge of new competitive materials is a strong influence on innovation. The book bridges the gap between current scientific understanding and engineering practice. It is an up-to-date reference that will be of use to researchers and advanced students in metallurgy and materials engineering.
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This book is formed by a well-planned collection of articles written by a group of authors of international distinction drawn almost equally from industry and academia. Every student of physical metalurgy would gain by reading the opening chapter alone, in which Dr. Staley from Alcoa gives a masterly overview of the development of wrought aluminum alloys, emphasising how both science and experience guide this process by enlightened empiricism. The typical contemporary uses which are quoted for the particular alloys are an added bonus to the reader. This considerable volume is strongly commended.--JOHN W. MARTIN, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, JOURNAL OF THE INSTITUTE OF METALS

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