Environmental Degradation of Advanced and Traditional Engineering Materials

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  • Provides a complete guide to the environmental degradation for all kinds of engineering materials
  • Offers a broad-based introductory overview of fundamental degradation processes
  • Enables readers to easily access essential information related to the degradation mechanisms of a particular material group
  • Covers fundamental degradation mechanisms and degradation control


One of the main, ongoing challenges for any engineering enterprise is that systems are built of materials subject to environmental degradation. Whether working with an airframe, integrated circuit, bridge, prosthetic device, or implantable drug-delivery system, understanding the chemical stability of materials remains a key element in determining their useful life.

Environmental Degradation of Advanced and Traditional Engineering Materials is a monumental work for the field, providing comprehensive coverage of the environmental impacts on the full breadth of materials used for engineering infrastructure, buildings, machines, and components. The book discusses fundamental degradation processes and presents examples of degradation under various environmental conditions. Each chapter presents the basic properties of the class of material, followed by detailed characteristics of degradation, guidelines on how to protect against corrosion, and a description of testing procedures.

A complete, self-contained industrial reference guide, this valuable resource is designed for students and professionals interested in the development of deterioration-resistant technological systems constructed with metallurgical, polymeric, ceramic, and natural materials.

Table of Contents

Forms of Metallic Corrosion
Raghu Srinivasan and Lloyd H. Hihara
Crystalline Alloys: Magnesium
Barbara A. Shaw and Elizabeth Sikora
Crystalline Alloys: Aluminum
Nick Birbilis and Bruce R.W. Hinton
Crystalline Alloys: Titanium
Suresh Divi and James Grauman
Crystalline Alloys: Plain-Carbon and Low-Alloy Steels
Hitoshi Asahi
Crystalline Alloys: Stainless Steels
Haruhiko Kajimura
Crystalline Alloys: Nickel
Raul B. Rebak
Crystalline Alloys: Copper
Marc A. Edwards and James H. Michel
Crystalline Alloys: Zinc
Xiaoge Gregory Zhang
Nanostructured Alloys
R.K. Singh Raman
Amorphous Alloys
Koji Hashimoto
Metal Matrix Composites
Lloyd H. Hihara

Forms of Polymer Degradation
Margaret Roylance and David Roylance
Thermoplastic Polymers
Kent R. Miller, Xiaojiang Wang, and Mark D. Soucek
Thermosetting Polymers
Drew Pavlacky, Chris Vetter, and Victoria J. Gelling
Anusuya Choudhury and Anil K. Bhowmick
Polymer Matrix Composites
Larry Gintert, Chad Ulven, and Lawrence Coulter
Adhesive Bonds
Guy D. Davis

Ceramics and Glassy Materials
Dennis W. Readey
Silicate Glasses
Larry L. Hench
Cement and Concrete
Carolyn M. Hansson, Laura Mammoliti, Tracy D. Marcotte, and Shahzma J. Jaffer
Metals in Cement and Concrete
Neal S. Berke and Richard G. Sibbick

Other Natural Materials
Jeffrey J. Morrell
Didier Lesueur and Jack Youtcheff

Editorial Reviews

"This is the book that the international corrosion community has been waiting for. … This titanic publication is clearly organized and deals with general materials in four sections: metals, polymers, ceramics and glass materials, and other natural materials (wood and asphalt). It provides a complete guide to the environmental degradation of all these engineering materials, every group or material following a particular mechanism based on their physicochemical nature and properties … copiously illustrated … enriched by an amazing numbers of references … Many professionals, academics, postgraduate students, corrosion practitioners, consultants, maintenance engineers and technicians, manufacturers of equipment, and builders of land and marine structures will benefit from reading, employing, and owning this well-organized and well-written volume."
—Dr. Michael Schorr, Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology, Vol. 49, 2014