Physical metallurgy is one of the main fields of metallurgical science dealing with the development of the microstructure of metals in order to achieve desirable properties required in technological applications. Physical Metallurgy
: Principles and Design focuses on the processing-structure-properties triangle as it applies to metals and alloys. It introduces the fundamental principles of physical metallurgy and the design methodologies for alloys and processing. The first part of the book discusses the structure and change of structure through phase transformations. The latter part of the books deals with plastic deformation, strengthening mechanisms, and mechanical properties as they relate to structure. The book also includes a chapter on physical metallurgy of steels and concludes by discussing the computational tools, involving computational thermodynamics and kinetics, to perform alloy and process design. "The new textbook by Professor Haidemenopoulos serves as a comprehensive introduction to the physical metallurgy of metals. The phenomena are described in a conceptional and demonstrative manner; a link to real materials application is elaborated for many possible applications. It is especially worth mentioning that the consequent numerical description of the fundamental design principles of metals offers the entrance for physics-based modelling of materials and processes."
-Wolfgang Bleck, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
"The book by Haidemenopolous is an up-to-date book on the physical metallurgy of metals. It covers the well-known topics of phase transformations under equilibrium and non-equilibrium conditions, as well as the strengthening mechanism and the way it can be used during metal production or treatment. The last chapter on Alloy Design is a nice integration of the concepts explained and takes the book from the level of explaining what is known already to the level of (the start of) a toolbox to redesign new alloys based on conceptual thinking."
-Sybrand van der Zwaag, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands