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Mechanical properties of ceramics
Wachtman, J. B., 1928-
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New York : Wiley, [1996]

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xxii, 448 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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"A Wiley-Interscience publication."
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Central Library TA455.C43 W38 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This excellent text/reference presents a systematic introductory treatment of the current understanding, supplemented by empirical facts, of the subject and describes the role of microstructure in determining the effect of mechanical properties of ceramics. Chapters on each of the major types of structural ceramics provide a guide to achievable mechanical properties. Discusses design for specified levels of safety and for minimal life under service conditions. Includes scores of illustrations, tables and figures.

Author Notes

JOHN B. WACHTMAN, PhD, is Sosman Professor of Ceramics at Rutgers University, where he has taught since 1983. Since he received his degree from the University of Maryland in 1961, he has worked as a research scientist, division chief, and as the director of the Center for Materials Research at the National Bureau of Standards. Professor Wachtman is the author of Characterization of Materials and holds many honors, awards, and offices in various scientific societies.

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Wachtman writes about the causes of mechanical failure of ceramics used to carry loads. He describes the mechanical properties of ceramics subjected to a wide range of environments, temperatures, and loading conditions; the mechanisms of failure; tests performed on samples; statistical treatment; and crack propagation and toughening mechanisms, including fiber-reinforced composites. The last six chapters offer data on specific types of ceramics, including glass. More than 25 pages of references are included. Readers should have good backgrounds in math and strength of materials. Wachtman offers the "why" as compared to the "how to" aspect of ceramics presented in J.T. Jones and M.F. Berard's Ceramics Industrial Processing and Testing (1993). A good extension to coverage in Physical Ceramics, by Yet-Ming Chiang, D.P. Birnie, and W.D. Kingery (CH, Nov'96). Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. J. P. Neville emeritus, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Table of Contents

Partial table of contents
Stress and Strain
Types of Mechanical Behavior
Strength of Defect-Free Solids
Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics
Statistical Treatment of Strength
Subcritical Crack Propagation
Stable Crack Propagation and R-Curve Behavior
An Overview of Toughening Mechanisms in Ceramics
Toughening by Transformation
Cyclic Fatigue of Ceramics
Thermal Stress and Thermal Shock in Ceramics
Dislocations and Plastic Deformation in Ductile Crystals
Dislocations and Plastic Deformation in Ceramics
Creep in Ceramics
Mechanical Properties of Glass and Glass-Ceramics
Mechanical Behavior of Aluminum Oxide
Mechanical Properties of Silicon Carbide
Mechanical Properties of Porous Ceramics

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