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An Introduction to Materials Engineering and Science for Chemical and Materials Engineers

ISBN: 978-0-471-43623-2
976 pages
December 2003
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An Introduction to Materials Engineering and Science for Chemical and Materials Engineers provides a solid background in materials engineering and science for chemical and materials engineering students. This book:
  • Organizes topics on two levels; by engineering subject area and by materials class.
  • Incorporates instructional objectives, active-learning principles, design-oriented problems, and web-based information and visualization to provide a unique educational experience for the student.
  • Provides a foundation for understanding the structure and properties of materials such as ceramics/glass, polymers, composites, bio-materials, as well as metals and alloys.
  • Takes an integrated approach to the subject, rather than a "metals first" approach.
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Table of Contents



1 The Structure of Materials.

1.0 Introduction and Objectives.

1.1 Structure of Metals and Alloys.

1.2 Structure of Ceramics and Glasses.

1.3 Structure of Polymers.

1.4 Structure of Composites.

1.5 Structure of Biologics.



2 Thermodynamics of Condensed Phases.

2.0 Introduction and Objectives.

2.1 Thermodynamics of Metals and Alloys.

2.2 Thermodynamics of Ceramics and Glasses.

2.3 Thermodynamics of Polymers.

2.4 Thermodynamics of Composites.

2.5 Thermodynamics of Biologics.



3 Kinetic Processes in Materials.

3.0 Introduction and Objectives.

3.1 Kinetic Processes in Metals and Alloys.

3.2 Kinetic Processes in Ceramics and Glasses*.

3.3 Kinetic Processes in Polymers.

3.4 Kinetic Processes in Composites*.

3.5 Kinetic Processes in Biologics*.



4 Transport Properties of Materials.

4.0 Introduction and Objectives.

4.1 Momentum Transport Properties of Materials*.

4.2 Heat Transport Properties of Materials.

4.3 Mass Transport Properties of Materials*.



5 Mechanics of Materials.

5.0 Introduction and Objectives.

5.1 Mechanics of Metals and Alloys.

5.2 Mechanics of Ceramics and Glasses.

5.3 Mechanics of Polymers.

5.4 Mechanics of Composites.

5.5 Mechanics of Biologics.



6 Electrical, Magnetic, and Optical Properties of Materials.

6.1 Electrical Properties of Materials.

6.2 Magnetic Properties of Materials.

6.3 Optical Properties of Materials.



7 Processing of Materials.

7.0 Introduction.

7.1 Processing of Metals and Alloys.

7.2 Processing of Ceramics and Glasses.

7.3 Processing of Polymers.

7.4 Processing of Composites.

7.5 Processing of Biologics.



8 Case Studies in Materials Selection.

8.0 Introduction and Objectives.

8.1 Selection of Metals for a Compressed Air Tank.

8.2 Selection of Ceramic Piping for Coal Slurries in a Coal Liquefaction Plant.

8.3 Selection of Polymers for Packaging.

8.4 Selection of a Composite for an Automotive Drive Shaft.

8.5 Selection of Materials as Tooth Coatings.



Appendix 1: Energy Values for Single Bonds.

Appendix 2: Structure of Some Common Polymers.

Appendix 3: Composition of Common Alloys.

Appendix 4: Surface and Interfacial Energies.

Appendix 5: Thermal Conductivities of Selected Materials.

Appendix 6: Diffusivities in Selected Systems.

Appendix 7: Mechanical Properties of Selected Materials.

Appendix 8: Electrical Conductivity of Selected Materials.

Appendix 9: Refractive Index of Selected Materials.

Answers to Selected Problems.


*Sections marked with an asterisk can be omitted in an introductory course.

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Author Information

BRIAN S. MITCHELL, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also the Associate Director of the Tulane Institute for Macromolecular Engineering and Science.
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"…the author has done an outstanding effort tin collecting the vast information on materials and presenting it in a readable form." (Materials and Manufacturing Process, January 2007)

"Mitchell's book has achieved a new level and range of information and deserves serious consideration as a backing text for undergraduate MSE courses…" (MRS Bulletin, March 2005)

"…this book offers a solid foundation in materials engineering and science.” (Chemical Engineering Progress, October 2004)

"…corrosion professionals are most likely to benefit from this book if they need descriptions of the characteristics of materials with which they are not already familiar.” (Corrosion, October 2004)

"…I heartily recommend this book, primarily because of the unified presentation of topics across the materials classes. All of the important topics in an introductory materials science class are presented well, and covered by problems." (AICHe Journal, October 2004)

"…the first of what will be a new generation of introductory texts that treat all classes of materials…will appeal to students and instructors who desire a broader picture of materials science and engineering than is available source: other introductory texts..." (JOM, May 6, 2004)

"…very well written, illustrated, bound, and presented…and excellent acquisition…highly recommended…" (Choice, Vol. 41, No. 9, May 2004)

"Overall the text is a worthy addition to the extensive list of MSE textbooks and should be examined as a potential required text for introductory courses." (Journal of Materials Education, 2003)

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