Item description for Reconstructive Phase Transitions by Pierre Toledano & Vladimir Dmitriev...
This book deals with the phenomenological theory of first-order structural phase transitions, with a special emphasis on reconstructive transformations in which a group-subgroup relationship between the symmetries of the phases is absent. It starts with a unified presentation of the current approach to first-order phase transitions, using the more recent results of the Landau theory of phase transitions and of the theory of singularities. A general theory of reconstructive phase transitions is then formulated, in which the structures surrounding a transition are expressed in terms of density-waves, providing a natural definition of the transition order-parameters, and a description of the corresponding phase diagrams and relevant physical properties. The applicability of the theory is illustrated by a large number of concrete examples pertaining to the various classes of reconstructive transitions: allotropic transformations of the elements, displacive and order-disorder transformations in metals, alloys and related structures, crystal-quasicrystal transformations.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.7" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 1996
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9810223641 ISBN13 9789810223649
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Excellent textbook ! Nov 19, 2004
This is an excellent book for people wanting to use the Landau theory formalism to model the properties associated with phase transitions in material science.
Landau theory is a phenomenological framework that was originally designed as a description of second-order (continuous) phase transformations. Although the conventional approach was developed only for continuous phase transformations, Landau theory was generalized to encompass first-order phase transformations, in particular displacive reconstructive transitions, which include martensitic phase transformations.
This book is a very comprehensive and self-consistent text in the field; it also discusses several examples in a very thorough way. The basic ingredients of a Landau model consist of an order parameter, which embodies the atomic configurations through the transformation, and the thermodynamic potential, which is a function of the order parameter. The Landau theory allows for inclusion of temperature and/or pressure-dependent properties of the different phases and it describes, for instance, typical stress-strain curves, hysteresis, ...