Materials Thermodynamics for Engineers

  • D. R. H. Jones


We begin by outlining the engineering materials course at Cambridge. We show that much of this course overlaps with thermodynamics. Three case studies are presented — on creep, diffusion, and solidification — which illustrate how thermodynamics, coupled with simple kinetic theory, can greatly aid a student’s understanding of the underlying physical processes.


Continuum Approach Diffusion Creep Fast Fracture Free Energy Gradient Kinetic Theory Approach 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. R. H. Jones
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  1. 1.Department of EngineeringUniversity of CambridgeUK

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