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Three new ACerS books on glass-ceramics, ceramic composites and fracture

Bookshelf at ACerS main office. What’s on your bookshelf? Credit: ACerS.

I was a student for enough years that this time of year brings on an imprinted urge to own some new books, hear the crack of the glue in a newly opened spine, smell the pages and ink and own the promise of new knowledge.

It is a truism, but learning never stops. If anything, the real point of education is to teach us how to learn and to love doing it. In a very real sense, where the professors leave off, is where professional societies pick up. Our role here at The American Ceramic Society is to be the “go to” resource for all types of information relating to engineered ceramic materials.

That is no small mission!

We have plenty to offer by way of conferences, short courses, journals, the Bulletin (my favorite), books and conference proceedings. And… ACerS has just released a flurry of new technical books and conference proceedings through our publishing partner, Wiley. Chances are one of them fills a gap on your bookshelf.

Glass–Ceramic Technology, 2nd edition
Wolfram Holand and George Beall
440 pages, $159.95 (also available as an E-book)

This new edition starts by describing the property advantages gained by forming glass–ceramics and reviews the nucleation and growth theory that is necessary for designing useful glass–ceramics. There is an extensive survey of composition systems that can be made into glass ceramics, and the book deals with issues like nanostructure development, crystal orientation and morphology. Finally, it covers a wide range of applications with expanded sections on biomaterials, dental ceramics and highly bioactive materials like bioglass. [More]

Ceramics and Composites Processing Methods
Narottam P. Bansal and Aldo R. Boccaccini,
596 pages, $175.00 (also available as an E-book)

This book samples a broad selection of key processing techniques, with an emphasis on the interrelationship between manufacturing and properties for industrial applications. It includes traditional fabrication routes as well as new and emerging approaches to meet the increasing demand for reliable ceramic materials. The articles, written by internationally recognized experts in ceramic processing, are organized into three sections: Densification, Chemical Methods and Physical Methods. [More]

The Fracture of Brittle Materials: Testing and Analysis
Stephen Freiman and John J. Mecholsky, Jr.
196 pages, $125.00 (also available as an E-book)

What do you do when someone plops a failed ceramic component on your desk? This book provides a practical, hands-on approach for analyzing fracture of brittle materials. It covers properties, such as toughness, strength, elastic modulus, microstructure and hardness, as well as material types and principles of fracture mechanics. Laboratory techniques for measurement and fractography are reviewed, including special considerations for films/coatings and material/test selection processes. A chapter on reliability and lifetime predictions ties the concepts and analysis methods together to produce this practical manual. [More]

The Ceramic Transactions series are conference papers that were presented in symposia at ACerS meetings and select non-ACerS meetings. The following nine volumes are now available through the Wiley website.

Volume 230, Fractography of Glasses and Ceramics VI
Volume 231, Processing, Properties and Applications in Glass and Optical Materials
Volume 232, Advances in Sintering Science and Technology II
Volume 233, Advances in Inorganic Phosphate Materials

From MS&T 2011
Volume 234, Processing and Properties of Advanced Ceramics and Composites IV
Volume 235, Advances and Applications in Electroceramics II
Volume 236, Advances in Materials Science for Environmental and Energy Technologies
Volume 237, Biomaterials Science—Processing, Properties and Applications II
Volume 238, Advances in Synthesis, Processing and Applications of Nanostructures