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The Handbook of Advanced Materials: Enabling New Designs

James K. Wessel (Editor-in-Chief)
ISBN: 978-0-471-45475-5
656 pages
April 2004
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Written to educate readers about recent advances in the area of new materials used in making products. Materials and their properties usually limit the component designer.
* Presents information about all of these advanced materials that enable products to be designed in a new way
* Provides a cost effective way for the design engineer to become acquainted with new materials
* The material expert benefits by being aware of the latest development in all these areas so he/she can focus on further improvements
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Table of Contents


1. Polymer Composites (John Shaffer, Theodore P. Phillippidis and Anastasios P. Vassilopoulos).

2. Advanced Ceramic Materials (David W. Richerson).

3. Continuous Fiber Ceramic Composites (James K. Wessel).

4. Low-Temperature Co-Fired Ceramic Chip Carriers (John U. Knickerbocker and Sarah H. Knickerbocker).

5. Intermetallics (James K. Wessel and Vinod Sikka ).

6. Metal Matrix Composites (Christopher A. Rodopoulos and James K. Wessel).

7. Nickel and Nickel Alloys (D.C. Agarwal).

8. Titanium Alloys (F.H. (Sam) Froes).

9. Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys (J. Randolph Kissell, Syros G. Pantelakis and G.N. Haidemenopoulos).

10. Functionally Graded Materials (Ivar E. Reimanis).

11. Corrosion of Engineering Materials (Robert Akid).

12. Standards and Codes for Advanced Materials (Michael G. Jenkins).

13. Nondestructive Evaluation of Structural Ceramics (William A. Ellingson and Chris Deemer).

14. Advances in Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Using Laser-Based Solid Free-Form Fabrication (Eric Whitney).


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Author Information

JAMES K. WESSEL is an advanced materials consultant. He has worked for Dow Corning Corporation in various positions in their Science and Technology department, including Division Director of R & D for advanced materials. He has authored a number of technical reports and journal articles. He frequently speaks to professional audiences on the subject of advanced materials.
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"Readers who have parts of a product that, if made from materials with improved performance characteristics would improve the overall product performance, would greatly benefit from reading this book." (IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, July/August 2005)

"…a detailed guide to the latest advanced materials." (MRS Bulletin, March 2005)

"…should be extremely useful for product designers and engineers." (E-STREAMS, November 2004)

"The book is well presented and has ample illustrations, graphs, and a layout that is logical and easy to follow. It will be welcomed by anyone with interest in the use of this diverse group of materials." (Corrosion, November 2004)

"Taking a comparative approach geared towards problem-solving and material selection, this resource will serve as a bridge to gap between the practitioner and the material supplier.” (Chemical Engineering Progress, June 2004)

"The Handbook of Advanced Materials contains the most recent information designer and engineers need to know…this outstanding monograph is an essential reference for engineers." (Polymer News)

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