Materials chemistry science resources
Alloy Phase Equilibria
Phase diagrams for multicomponent alloy systems are fundamental to metallurgy and materials science in terms of the extraction of metals, their processing to marketable products and their end usage. The study of phase equilibria requires a thorough knowledge of the subject, and of thermodynamic relationships. For these reasons, pedagogic tools of high quality are necessary.
Amongst all of the existing documents there is one which is really outstanding; it is the book Alloy Phase Equilibria written by Alan Prince (a founder member of the Materials Chemistry Committee) and published in 1966 by Elsevier.
This book has long been out of print. It has been made available in its original form without re-editing, to provide the scientific community and students access to this precious document. This has been made available through the kind permission of both Mrs Sheila Prince and of the publisher Elsevier.
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The 4th APDIC World Round-Robin Seminar was held at the Institute of Materials Mineral and Mining in central London on Monday 25th of June 2012 and declared a success by the chairman of the APDIC WRRS committee, Prof. Tetsuo Mohri of Hokkaido University, Japan. The seminar was organised by the Materials Chemistry Committee as a 'Fringe Session' at the ill-fated 2012 IOM3 Materials Congress. Phase Equilibria: Materials for the Future attracted delegates from all over Europe, with experts in their respective fields (including three past recipients of the IOM3 Hume-Rothery prize) flying in from as far away as Japan to address the 40-strong audience.
The philosophy of the APDIC WRRS is to offer educational lectures to students and people from industry, to promote the subject and to show what phase diagrams and thermodynamics can do. In the 4th of the series, this was achieved by having two distinct sessions to the day. The first dealt with the fundamentals of the subject; from the simple interpretation of phase diagrams, through experimental techniques to complex modelling using CVM. These lectures served as a basis for the afternoon session, where applications as diverse as the design of materials for aero-engines, batteries, light alloys, nuclear materials and the thermodynamics of cement hydration were discussed. A selection of the presentations can be downloaded (as pdf files) from below.
Presentation Slides from Seminar
Dr Andy Watson, University of Leeds, UK
|From ab initio to CALPHAD modelling||Prof. Catherine Colinet, INPG, Grenoble, France|
|Calculation of phase equilibria from critically assessed thermodynamic data||
Dr Alan Dinsdale, NPL, UK
|Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams for Lithium-ion Batteries||Prof. Hans Seifert, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany|
|Materials for aero engines||Mr Colin Small, Rolls-Royce plc, UK|
|Applications of Phase Equilibria in Aluminium Alloy Products and Processes||Dr Paul Evans, Technology Strategy Consultants|
|Materials for Nuclear Energy||Prof. Rudy Konings, European Commission, JRC-ITU, Germany|
|Cement chemistry||Prof. Fred Glasser FRSE FIMM, University of Aberdeen, UK (IoM3 Hume-Rothery prize winner, 2011)|