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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Developed by the late metallurgy professor and master experimentalist Hubert
I. Aaronson, this collection of lecture notes details the fundamental
principles of phase transformations in metals and alloys upon which steel and
other metals industries are based.
Mechanisms of Diffusional Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys is
devoted to solid-solid phase transformations in which elementary atomic
processes are diffusional jumps, and these processes occur in a series of
so-called nucleation and growth through interface migration. Instead of relying
strictly on a pedagogical approach, it documents the evolution of phase
transformation concepts. The authors present topics by describing a phenomenon
and then following up with a corresponding hypothesis or alternative
explanation. In this way, the book also shows how the field continues to evolve
and meet new challenges.
Integrated with information from a number of key papers and review articles,
this volume reflects this revered and influential instructor’s unique and
passionate way of introducing well-established theories and knowledge in a
systematic way, at the same time introducing, in great detail, how a new idea
or interpretation of a phenomenon has emerged, evolved, and gained its current
status. If the published version of a theory or a model was too condensed,
Aaronson worked the problem out in painstaking detail so that graduate students
could follow the derivations. This collection is full of such unique
"Aaronsonian idiosyncrasies," which add immense value as a powerful tool for
learning in this challenging materials field.