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Handbook of Environmental Degradation of Materials. Edition No. 2

  • ID: 2237708
  • Book
  • September 2012
  • 936 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology

Nothing stays the same for ever. The environmental degradation and corrosion of materials is inevitable and affects most aspects of life. In industrial settings, this inescapable fact has very significant financial, safety and environmental implications.

The Handbook of Environmental Degradation of Materials explains how to measure, analyse, and control environmental degradation for a wide range of industrial materials including metals, polymers, ceramics, concrete, wood and textiles exposed to environmental factors such as weather, seawater, and fire. Divided into sections which deal with analysis, types of degradation, protection and surface engineering respectively, the reader is introduced to the wide variety of environmental effects and what can be done to control them. The expert contributors to this book provide a wealth of insider knowledge and engineering knowhow, complementing their explanations and advice with Case Studies from areas such as pipelines, tankers, packaging and chemical processing equipment ensures that the reader understands the practical measures that can be put in place to save money, lives and the environment.

  • The Handbook's broad scope introduces the reader to the effects of environmental degradation on a wide range of materials, including metals, plastics, concrete,wood and textiles
  • For each type of material, the book describes the kind of degradation that effects it and how best to protect it
  • Case Studies show how organizations from small consulting firms to corporate giants design and manufacture products that are more resistant to environmental effects
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Part I: Analysis 1. Analysis of Failures of Metallic Materials due to Environmental Factors 2. Laboratory Assessment of Corrosion 3. Modeling of Corrosion Processes 4. Lifetime Predictions

Part II: Types of Degradation 5. Electrochemical Corrosion 6. Localized Corrosion 7. High-Temperature Oxidation 8. Weathering of Plastics 9. Chemical and Physical Aging of Polymers 10. Thermal Degradation of Plastics 11. Environmental Degradation of Reinforced Concrete 12. Biofouling and prevention, and biodeterioration and biodegradation of materials 13. Material Flammability 14. Fire Retardant Materials

Part III: Protective Measures 15. Cathodic Protection 16. Thermal Protective Clothing 17. Wood Protection 18. Materials Selection for Environmental Degradation Prevention

Part IV: Surface Engineering 19. The Intersection of Design, Manufacturing, and Surface Engineering (updated to include new coatings: (biomimetic, nanostructured and conductive polymers) 20. Nanostructured Surfaces and Nanomaterial Coatings 21. Protective Coatings for Aluminum Alloys 22. Anti-Corrosion Paints 23. Thermal and Environmental Barrier Coatings 24. Thermay Spray Coatings 25. Paint Weathering Tests 26. Coatings for Concrete Surfaces: Testing and Modeling 27. The importance of intrinsic defects in the protective behavior of coatings 28. Plastics Additives for Environmental Stability

Part V: Industrial Applications 29. Degradation of Spacecraft Materials 30. Cathodic Protection for Pipelines 31. Tanker Corrosion 32. Barrier Packaging Materials 33. Corrosion prevention and control programs for chemical processing equipment

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Kutz, Myer
Myer Kutz has been heading his own firm, Myer Kutz Associates, Inc., since 1990. For the past several years, he has focused on writing and developing engineering handbooks on a wide range of technical topics, such as mechanical, materials, biomedical, transportation, and environmentally conscious engineering. Earlier, his firm supplied consulting services to a large client roster, including Fortune 500 companies, scientific societies, and large and small publishers. He has been a trustee of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and chaired committees of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Association of American Publishers. He holds engineering degrees from MIT and RPI, served as an officer in the US Army Ordnance Corp, and worked in the aerospace industry on the Apollo project. He is the author of nine books. He writes "The Scholarly Publishing Scene”, a column for the magazine Against the Grain. He lives in Delmar, New York, with his wife, Arlene.
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