Alloy Phase Stability

  • G. M. Stocks
  • A. Gonis

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 163)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Alloy Phase Stability: Opening Remarks

  3. Alloy Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. K. Vedula
      Pages 29-32
  4. Experimental Probes of Atomic and Electronic Structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. R. G. Jordan, P. J. Durham
      Pages 35-74
    3. G. Van Tendeloo
      Pages 75-100
    4. D. Broddin, G. Van Tendeloo, S. Amelinckx
      Pages 113-117
    5. M. De Graef, D. Broddin
      Pages 119-123
    6. M. Takedal, G. Van Tendeloo, S. Amelinckx
      Pages 125-130
    7. J. Banhart, W. Pfeiler, J. Voitländer
      Pages 131-135
  5. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

  6. Electronic Theories of Phase Stability, Semi-Phenomenological and Model Hamiltonians

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. D. G. Pettifor
      Pages 329-350
    3. D. A. Papaconstantopoulos
      Pages 351-356
  7. Electronic Theories of Phase Stability: First Principles Theory

  8. The Effects of Strain and Macroscopic Defects on Phase Stability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 527-527
    2. A. F. Jankowski, T. Tsakalakos
      Pages 585-589
  9. General Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 605-605
    2. Kathie E. Newman, Jun Shen, Dan Teng, Bing-Lin Gu, Shang-Yuan Ren, John D. Dow
      Pages 621-625
    3. Marie-Louise Saboungi, Susan R. Leonard, Gerald K. Johnson, David L. Price
      Pages 627-631

About this book


One of the ultimate goals of materials research is to develop a fun­ damental and predictive understanding of the physical and metallurgical properties of metals and alloys. Such an understanding can then be used in the design of materials having novel properties or combinations of proper­ ties designed to meet specific engineering applications. The development of new and useful alloy systems and the elucidation of their properties are the domain of metallurgy. Traditionally, the search for new alloy systems has been conducted largely on a trial and error basis, guided by the skill and intuition of the metallurgist, large volumes of experimental data, the principles of 19th century thermodynamics and ad hoc semi-phenomenological models. Recently, the situation has begun to change. For the first time, it is possible to understand the underlying mechanisms that control the formation of alloys and determine their properties. Today theory can begin to offer guidance in predicting the properties of alloys and in developing new alloy systems. Historically, attempts directed toward understanding phase stability and phase transitions have proceeded along distinct and seemingly diverse lines. Roughly, we can divide these approaches into the following broad categories. 1. Experimental determination of phase diagrams and related properties, 2. Thermodynamic/statistical mechanical approaches based on semi­ phenomenological models, and 3. Ab initio quantum mechanical methods. Metallurgists have traditionally concentrated their efforts in cate­ gories 1 and 2, while theoretical physicists have been preoccupied with 2 and 3.


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Editors and affiliations

  • G. M. Stocks
    • 1
  • A. Gonis
    • 2
  1. 1.Metals and Ceramics DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA
  2. 2.Division of Chemistry and Materials ScienceLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6901-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0915-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0168-132X
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