Introduction to the Thermodynamics of Materials

6th Edition

David R. Gaskell, David E. Laughlin

CRC Press
Published August 18, 2017
Textbook - 694 Pages - 259 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498757003 - CAT# K27558

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  • Features a new chapter on thermodynamics and phase transformations
  • Reorganized into 3 major sections-- Thermodynamic Principles, Phase Equilibria, and Reactions and Transformations in order to match the book to course curricula.
  • Includes more than 50 new figures, more than 50 new end of chapter problems, and many short answers added to new problems at the end of the book.
  • Includes in each chapter a new section titled "Concepts and Terms Introduced in This Chapter" following the summary section as well as a new sections called "Qualitative Example Problems" and "Quantitative Example Problems."
  • Updated solutions manual available for qualifying adopting professors.
  • Written as the definitive introduction to thermodynamic behavior of materials systems, it presents the underlying thermodynamic principles of materials and their plethora of applications.
  • Offers excellent coverage of chemical thermodynamics.


Maintaining the substance that made Introduction to the Thermodynamic of Materials a perennial best seller for decades, this Sixth Edition is updated to reflect the broadening field of materials science and engineering. The new edition is reorganized into three major sections to align the book for practical coursework, with the first (Thermodynamic Principles) and second (Phase Equilibria) sections aimed at use in a one semester undergraduate course. The third section (Reactions and Transformations) can be used in other courses of the curriculum that deal with oxidation, energy, and phase transformations. The book is updated to include the role of work terms other than PV work (e.g., magnetic work) along with their attendant aspects of entropy, Maxwell equations, and the role of such applied fields on phase diagrams. There is also an increased emphasis on the thermodynamics of phase transformations and the Sixth Edition features an entirely new chapter 15 that links specific thermodynamic applications to the study of phase transformations. The book also features more than 50 new end of chapter problems and more than 50 new figures.


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