Concise Encyclopedia of Materials Characterization

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9780080406039: Concise Encyclopedia of Materials Characterization

To use materials effectively, their composition, degree of perfection, physical and mechanical characteristics, and microstructure must be accurately determined. This concise encyclopledia covers the wide range of characterization techniques necessary to achieve this.

Articles included are not only concerned with the characterization techniques of specific materials such as polymers, metals, ceramics and semiconductors but also techniques which can be applied to materials in general.

The techniques described cover bulk methods, and also a number of specific methods to study the topography and composition of surface and near-surface regions. These techniques range from the well-established and traditional to the very latest including: atomic force microscopy; confocal optical microscopy; gamma ray diffractometry; thermal wave imaging; x-ray diffraction and time-resolved techniques.

This unique concise encyclopedia comprises 116 articles by leading experts in the field from around the world to create the ideal guide for materials scientists, chemists and engineers involved with any aspect of materials characterization. With over 540 illustrations, extensive cross-referencing, approximately 900 references, and a detailed index, this concise encyclopedia will be a valuable asset to any materials science collection.

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Alan Boyde, University College London
...after delving into this volume, one is far better equipped with the fundamental physical principles behind the various techniques, the classes of information that can be obtained, the types of specimen preparation that will be required, and indeed, some idea of whether it would be possible with one's own material...an excellent volume... Given the stables from which it derives, it is hardly a surprise that this is a first rate source.
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Derek Budgell
The Concise Encyclopedia of Materials Characterization provides an excellent review of the materials characterization field and will be a valuable source of information for either a specialist or novice in this area. I believe it to be an important addition to the collection of Concise Encyclopedias offered by Pergamon Press.
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I.M. Hutchings, Librarian, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
...this book provides a valuable collection of concise yet reliable accounts, mostly written by internationally recognised experts, on nearly all the important techniques and many more. Articles are generally well illustrated and supplemented by useful lists of references, and access is facilitated by a good index...the editors are to be congratulated for the excellence of the cross-referencing and the admirable uniformity of level of treatment which has been achieved over the contributions from some 130 different authors, and upon the inclusion of useful articles on several techniques which have become viable research tools only in the past few years.... The book will prove a valuable and authoritative initial reference source for materials scientists or engineers needing to explore the techniques available to evaluate material properties, at the research or industrial development level. It is well produced and bound, and can be warmly recommended to the industrial or academic library with readers in any of the physical sciences or engineering, and also to research groups and indiduals working in the area of materials characterisation.
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