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ASM Handbook

Metallography and Microstructures

Edited by
George F. Vander Voort
George F. Vander Voort
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ASM International
Volume
9
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-177-1
Publication date:
2004
Book Chapter

Introduction to Structures in Metals

Published:
2004
Page range:
23 - 28
Publication history
November 01, 2004

Abstract

The science of physical metallurgy is a very broad topic that includes the structure of metals. This article introduces the general structural features of metals. It provides background, general references, and some connections among the subject matter explored more fully in the specialized articles included in the other parts of this section. The article includes information on the origins of structures, and single-phase and multiphase microstructures. It discusses some important topics, such as grain structure and substructure, that are not covered systematically and comprehensively in the other articles. Finally, the article also brings in the scale of structural features and the concept of hierarchical relations among them.

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2004. "Introduction to Structures in Metals", Metallography and Microstructures, George F. Vander Voort

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