Key Engineering Materials
Understanding the manner in which damage evolves in engineering materials, systems or structures is currently the focus of extensive research. The object of the present book is to report recent advances in the areas of damage detection, assessment and quantification.
Extensive research during the past 30 years has provided a relatively complete understanding of the many diverse aspects of abrasive processes which are suitable for the final machining of components that require smooth surfaces and precise tolerances. Although widely used in industry, abrasive treatments remain perhaps the least understood of all machining processes. Advances in the field of abrasive processes are therefore of great fundamental and practical interest.
The present book presents an in-depth report on probabilistic methods used to study fatigue and fracture of engineering materials. It is divided into three sections: fatigue; reliability modeling; and statistical methods. The book will serve as a useful new reference on probabilistic methods in fatigue and fracture. It should be of interest to researchers and engineers in industry and academia.
There is now a tremendous worldwide interest in functional biomaterials. The present book covers the major aspects of the field. It is divided into four parts. The first section (A) covers various aspects of joint replacement. Section B presents the topic of dental ceramics, while Section C describes the microstructural aspects of biomaterials. Finally, some of the recent innovations in biomechanics are discussed (Section D), together with some features of bioengineering.
Bioceramics 13 contains the proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Ceramics in Medicine organized by the “International Society for Ceramics in Medicine”. This society is an established forum for distinguished material scientists, bioengineers, molecular and cellular biologists, bone biologists, orthopedic surgeons, clinicians and manufacturers, to gather together and discuss the latest achievements in the field of bioceramic materials.
The continuing growth of PM parts in a great number of applications has resulted in intense world-wide research and development efforts in the field. Recent advances in powder technology are presented in the areas of synthesis and processing of various ceramics, including electroceramics, biometarials and nanocomposites; powder production and compaction, sintering, processing and characterization of important alloys and metal matrix composites. Properties of particular interest are corrosion, mechanical and magnetic properties.
The light metals (aluminum, magnesium and titanium) are important for many applications, but are most critical for transportation where weight savings results in a plethora of benefits including reduced fuel consumption, higher speed and longer range, improved performance/handleability, etc. This applies whether we are dealing with automobiles, airplanes, space vehicles, bicycles or even submarines – witness the titanium alpha class submarine in “Hunt for Red October”.