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In this comprehensive yet compact monograph, Michel Barsoum, one of the pioneers in the field and the leading figure in MAX phase research, summarizes and explains, from both an experimental and a theoretical viewpoint, all the features that are necessary to understand and apply these new materials. In so doing, he covers elastic, electrical, thermal, chemical and mechanical properties in different temperature regimes, concluding with a treatment of MAX phase composites and potential as well as current applications. By bringing together, in a unified, self-contained manner, all the information on MAX phases hitherto only found scattered in the journal literature, this one-stop resource offers researchers and developers alike an insight into these fascinating materials.
Michel Barsoum is Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University, USA. His research group was the first to fabricate and fully characterize the MAX phases, an important new class of machinable ternary carbides and nitrides on which he and his collaborators have published more than 150 papers. He is also the author of a textbook on the fundamentals of ceramics. Michel Barsoum was awarded a Humboldt Max Planck Research Award in 2000 and spent one year at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and the World Academy of Ceramics. In 2008-2009 he spent a sabbatical year at Los Alamos National Lab as the prestigious Wheatley Scholar. In addition, Michel Barsoum is visiting professor at the Linkoping University in Sweden.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION TO THE MAX PHASES Short History Why they are Unique and Exciting THEORETICAL AB INITIO CALCULATIONS ELASTIC PROPERTIES Measured Values: Young's, Shear and Bulk Moduli Calculated Values and Elastic Tensors Comparison of Theory and Experiment ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES Conductivity Hall Effect Thermopower Magnetoresistance Evidence for Compensated Conductivity Summary of n, p and Mobility Values THERMAL PROPERTIES Thermal conductivity: Evidence for Rattling, Effect of Defects Heat Capacity Decomposition Temperatures Thermal Expansion and Thermal Expansion Anisotropies CHEMICAL PROPERTIES Oxidation Reaction with Molten Metals MECHANICAL PROPERTIES AT ROOM TEMPERATURE Compressive and Tensile Behavior Fracture Toughness Hardness and its Anisotropy Damage Tolerance MECHANICAL PROPERTIES AT HIGH TEMPERATURES Compressive and Tensile Behavior Strain Rate Sensitivity Tensile and Compressive Creep KINKING NON-LINEAR ELASTICITY Model Results: Room Temperature, High Temperatures, Damping, Interactions of Dislocations with Ultrasound MAX COMPOSITES APPLICATIONS