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Grain Boundaries

From Theory to Engineering


Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 172)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. From Grain Boundary Order to Disorder

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Louisette Priester
      Pages 3-28
    3. Louisette Priester
      Pages 29-47
    4. Louisette Priester
      Pages 49-92
    5. Louisette Priester
      Pages 93-132
  3. From Ideal to Real Grain Boundary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-134
    2. Louisette Priester
      Pages 135-146
    3. Louisette Priester
      Pages 147-215
    4. Louisette Priester
      Pages 217-240
    5. Louisette Priester
      Pages 269-302
  4. From the Free to the Constrained Grain Boundary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-304
    2. Louisette Priester
      Pages 305-336
    3. Louisette Priester
      Pages 337-434
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 435-441

About this book


Grain boundaries are a main feature of crystalline materials. They play a key role in determining the properties of materials, especially when grain size decreases and even more so with the current improvements of  processing tools and methods that allow us to control various elements in a polycrystal.
This book presents the theoretical basis of the study of  grain boundaries and aims to open up new lines of research in this area. The treatment is light on mathematical approaches while emphasizing practical examples; the issues they raise are discussed with reference to theories. The general approach of the book has two main goals: to lead the reader from the concept of ‘ideal’ to ‘real’ grain boundaries;
to depart from established knowledge and address the opportunities emerging through "grain boundary engineering",  the control of morphological and crystallographic features that affect material properties.

The book is divided in three parts: 
I ‘From interganular order to disorder’ deals with the concept of the perfect grain boundary, at equilibrium, and questions the maintenance of its crystalline state. 
II ‘From the ideal to the real grain boundary’ deals with the concept of the faulted grain boundary. It attempts to reveal the influence of the grain boundary structure on its defects, their formation and their accommodation. 
III ‘From free to constrained grain boundaries’ is devoted to grain boundary ensembles starting from the triple junction (the elemental configuration) to real grain boundary networks in polycrystals

This part covers a new and topical development in the field. It presents for the first time an avenue for researchers working on macroscopic aspects, to approach the scale of description of grain boundaries.

Audience: graduate students, researchers and  engineers in Materials Science and all those scientists pursuing grain boundary engineering in order to improve materials performance.


Crystalline Defects Extrinsic Dislocation Grain Boudary Engineering Grain Boundary Crystallography Grain Boundary Triple Junction Ideal Grain Boundary Precipitation at Grain Boundaries Structural Unit Model

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Université Paris Sud 11ParisFrance

About the authors

Emeritus Professor Louisette Priester
Universite Paris 11
She is a specialist on grain boudaries and dedicated to this subject her entire career as a researcher and teacher. She has 150 contributions on the topic.

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