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Author: Dr. Aravamudhan Raman
About The Author
Dr. Aravamudhan Raman (A. Raman) received his doctorate from the Technical University, Stuttgart, Germany, after completing his research with honors at the Max-Planck Institute for Metal Research in Stuttgart. He also has a Master's degree in Physics from the Madras University, India, and a bachelor's degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Currently Dr. Raman is a titled Professor of Mechanical Engineering, specializing in the Materials field at the Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, where he has taught for over four decades. He has developed and taught advanced courses in corrosion science and technology, written two textbooks, one on materials laboratory testing and the other "Materials Selection and Application in Mechanical Engineering", and contributed to and edited three books dealing with exhaustive reviews on Corrosion Inhibitor Science and Technology for the Corrosion Society, NACE, International. The current book is an outgrowth of his long standing teaching experience of a first level course using several different textbooks, blended with research experience in the areas of corrosion, fracture and materials development.
About The Book
Introduction to Topics in Materials Science and Engineering, First Edition is meant for the first introductory level course on engineering materials in the science and engineering curricula at the sophomore or junior level in colleges. The following are the salient features of the book:
- The material is introduced in a continuous sequence starting from the atomic structure in topic format over fifty topics.
- Every topic starts from the beginner's level and moves to the advanced stage to arouse the interest of the student and lead the topic to advanced analysis.
- No serious mathematical analysis is introduced such that self-reading and assimilation is possible. Many of the topics or parts of the topics can be completed by self-study.
- Concepts are well illustrated by drawings and photographs of materials.
- Sample problems are worked out and exercise problems are suggested then and there in Problem sets. Ample problems are given for further work out.
- Topics of current interest such as nanomaterials, batteries, etc. are included in separate topics.
- At least two topics of interest to every engineering discipline are included in the book. Topics and discussions on catalysts, lasers, etc. have been added besides the regular topics on metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors, magnetic materials, superconductors, etc.
- Discussion on corrosion is expanded.
- Study aids, such as "How-To---", a description of how to work out the problems, compilation of useful formulae, and units conversion tables, etc. are included in the Appendix.
- Data Tables indicating Material Properties are included wherever necessary.
- The book is concise and written with a view to keep the price down and affordable.
- The book includes topics in materials science as well as in materials engineering science, the latter discussing the features of all of the important engineering materials.
- A particular area for discussion is spread into many topics. For example, there are two topics on defects, nine topics on mechanical testing and mechanical properties, three on corrosion, four on composites, etc.