Thermodynamics of alloys

  • Lorenz Ratke
  • Peter W. Voorhees
Part of the Engineering Materials book series (ENG.MAT.)


In this chapter we will present briefly some basic thermodynamic relations that are useful in understanding the fundamentals of growth and coarsening of particles embedded in a matrix. The reader who is already familiar with the concepts of free energy, chemical potential, equilibrium of heterogeneous alloys, the Gibbs-Thomson effect etc. may skip this chapter.


Free Energy Gibbs Free Energy Curve Interface Common Tangent Regular Solution Model 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorenz Ratke
    • 1
  • Peter W. Voorhees
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Space SimulationGerman Aerospace Center DLRCologneGermany
  2. 2.Dept. of Materials Science and EngineeringNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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