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This chapter introduces the concepts of mechanical properties and the various underlying metallurgical mechanisms that can be used to alter the strength of materials. The mechanical properties discussed include elasticity, plasticity, creep deformation, fatigue, toughness, and hardness. The strengthening mechanisms covered are solid-solution strengthening, cold working, and dispersion strengthening. The effect of grain size on the yield strength of a material is also discussed.

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Mechanical Properties and Strengthening Mechanisms, Metallurgy for the Non-Metallurgist, 2nd ed., Edited By Arthur C. Reardon, ASM International, 2011, p 49–71,

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