Many advances in research and development have been made since the first MRS symposium on high-temperature ordered intermetallic alloys was held in 1984. That conference demonstrated a resurgence of interest in potential uses of intermetallic alloys for structural applications. Blossoming research in the field brings us to this book which has focused specifically on processing and microstructural control, alloy design, mechanical properties and industrial applications. Examples of structural applications of the 'mature' intermetallics, TiAl and Ni3Al are also featured. Evidence also suggests that high-melting-temperature refractory or platinum group metal-based intermetallics, still in the 'exotic' category, may yet represent the best potential for a breakthrough in high-temperature performance. Topics include: processing; titanium aluminides; creep and fatigue of titanium aluminides; iron aluminides; nickel aluminides; refractory metal-based and other intermetallics and composites.
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