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Characterization of Metals and Alloys by Paul Holloway

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Introduction

PAUL H. HOLLOWAY and P. N VAIDYANATHAN

Contents

1.1    Purpose and Organization of the Book

Metals are some of the oldest materials known to be processed by our ancestors. Because of their continued use in and importance to modern society, a great deal of effort has been expended to learn about their synthesis, properties, and processing to optimize their use in specific applications. One of the major advances in the development of modern metals was the realization that the microstructure of metals and alloys was critical to the observed properties. The microstructure could, of course, be changed by the processing history of the metal. These observations formed the basis for the discipline we call metallurgy.

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