Computational tools allow material scientists to model and analyze increasingly complicated systems to appreciate material behavior. Accurate use and interpretation however, requires a strong understanding of the thermodynamic principles that underpin phase equilibrium, transformation and state. This fully revised and updated edition covers the fundamentals of thermodynamics, with a view to modern computer applications. The theoretical basis of chemical equilibria and chemical changes is covered with an emphasis on the properties of phase diagrams. Starting with the basic principles, discussion moves to systems involving multiple phases. New chapters cover irreversible thermodynamics, extremum principles, and the thermodynamics of surfaces and interfaces. Theoretical descriptions of equilibrium conditions, the state of systems at equilibrium and the changes as equilibrium is reached, are all demonstrated graphically. With illustrative examples - many computer calculated - and worked examples, this textbook is an valuable resource for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in materials science and engineering.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 526
Weight: 1190 g
Dimensions: 251 x 182 x 30 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
A review of the first edition: 'To sum up, for students of chemistry wishing to apply themselves to problems of the material sciences, this book provides an excellent foundation for understanding the thermodynamics of complex systems. It also offers much useful information for scientists who want to be able to handle problems of multicomponent systems, provided they will take the trouble to work through the text carefully to identify the formulas used, despite the shortage of cross-references.' Volkmar Leute, Angewandte Chemie
"This new edition covering the thermodynamic principles for phase diagrams and phase transformations is a very helpful base for anyone trying to apply computer simulations in the aforementioned areas. Hillert provides an in-depth introduction to thermodynamic principles. He also expands the topic by discussing kinetic and interfacial phenomena governing those phase transformation processes. ... Recommended." - H. Giesche, CHOICE