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Microstructural Characterization of Materials

Microstructural Characterization of Materials

David Brandon, Wayne D. Kaplan

ISBN: 978-0-470-86014-4

Nov 2000

424 pages

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Microstructural Characterization of Materials David Brandon and Wayne D. Kaplan Technion, Israel Institute of Technology Israel The internal microstructure and the microstructural features of materials are of key importance when analysing a material for a given engineering application. In specifying the internal microstructure of a material the chemistry, the crystallography, and the structural morphology need to be considered. For each of these aspects, there are three equally important stages of investigation - specimen preparation, image observation and recording, and the analysis and interpretation of recorded data. Microstructural Characterization of Matenals is an integrated treatment of the science of microstructural characterization which emphasizes the interaction of the specimen with the radiation used to probe the microstructure. The three main aspects of microstructural morphology, phase identification and crystallography, and microanalysis of the chemical composition are all covered in detail. Following an introductory chapter, the principal methods of characterization which are commonly available in a well-equipped laboratory are treated in full. These include diffraction analysis, optical microscopy, electron microscopy, and chemical microanalytical techniques. Microstructural Characterization of Materials will be of great value to both undergraduate and graduate students and includes suitable problems for students exercises. More advanced researchers will also find it highly useful as a general reference source.
The Concept of Microstructure.

Diffraction Analysis of Crystal Structure.

Optical Microscopy.

Electron Microscopy.

Microanalysis in Electron Microscopy.

Chemical Analysis of Surface Composition.

Quantitative Analysis of Microstructure.


  • Reviews up-to-date microscopic and spectroscopic techniques used to determine the properties of materials and their suitability for different applications
  • Coauthored by David Brandon who has lectured on the subject worldwide for over 20 years
  • Introduces methods of sample selection and preparation as well as analysis
  • Includes numerous equations, figures, and graphs, all highlighted in red