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This book describes advances in the field of superplasticity, the ability of certain materials to undergo very large tensile strains. This phenomenon has increasing commercial applications, but also presents a fascinating scientific challenge in attempts to understand the physical mechanisms that underpin it. The authors emphasize the materials aspects of superplasticity. Beginning with a brief history of the phenomenon, they describe the two major types of superplasticity-- fine-structure and internal-stress superplasticity-- and discuss their operative mechanisms. They also present microstructural factors controlling the ductility and fracture in superplastic materials. Observations of superplasticity in metals (including aluminum, magnesium, iron, titanium and nickel), ceramics (including monoliths and composites), intermetallics (including iron, nickel, and titanium base), and laminates are thoroughly described. This is a valuable text for graduate students and researchers in materials science and engineering.
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Most materials fracture with relatively little plastic deformation. However, there is a class of materials, known as superplastic materials, that can undergo enormous deformation. The types of materials in which superplasticity is found now includes metals, metallic composites, intermetallics and ceramics. The ability of materials to exhibit superplasticity is of significant technological interest because complex shapes can be made directly, thereby avoiding complicated and costly joining and machine steps. The applications of superplastic formations were originally limited to the aerospace industry, but it has recently been expanded to include the automobile industries as a result of breakthroughs in the range of materials that can be made superplastic and the rate at which the phenomenon takes place.Review:
'Highly recommended as a useful reference source.' Aslib Book Guide
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