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Phase Equilibria Diagrams Online & Library Subscriptions

How would you like to give your library patrons access to test drive Phase Online, and save $700*?

You and your patrons can access over 26,500 critically-evaluated diagrams from any computer with Phase Online. It’s a convenient, cost effective and reliable method to get the information that you need. Plus, new diagrams are automatically available, making the online system more dynamic. There is no need to purchase updates! Phase Online functionality includes:

  • Search commentaries and diagrams by chemical system, published author’s last name, volume, language, publications year, and figure number.
  • View diagram’s chemical system, figure number, figure notes, references, commentary and footnotes.
  • Manipulate diagrams with zoom in/out, lever rule, curve follow, mirror, Mol% to Wt% or Wt% to Mol% and built-in calculator.

Click the Library Subscription below to register online, or contact Customer Service at 1-866-721-3322 or 1-614-890-4700 to order by phone or email. 


*This offer is only available to first time users that sign up for the trial subscription by December 15, 2016. Take advantage of this limited time offer, and join the growing list of prestigious organizations that already have access to the most-trusted collection of phase diagrams for understanding temperature-dependent materials interactions. 

One Year User Trial Subscription Introductory Rate for First Time Users Only 

Library Subscription  |  $995 through December 15, 2016 (Save $700 off the regular subscription price.)

After December 15, 2016, price is $1,695

What is included in a Library Suscription?

The Phase Online Library Subscription enables librarians to provide access to phase diagrams at all work stations within their institutions by designating ranges of IP addresses. Your patrons enjoy the following: 

  • Professors can access and use the Phase database in their classrooms, labs, and online
  • Unlimited, concurrent users for institutions and libraries 
  • Patrons can access the database through their existing library system
  • Convenient, easy-to-use remote access to the most comprehensive collection of ceramic diagrams
  • System-wide access at all work stations, by simply designating ranges of IP addresses
  • Reliable, cost-effective solution

Once the subscription is set up, individuals are able to access Phase Online without entering a username or password. Not the librarian? Download the Phase Online Library Recommendation form and submit it to your library to gain system-wide access to nearly 26,500 critically evaluated phase diagrams for ceramic systems.

What type of organizations would benefit from Phase Online Library Subscriptions?

These prestigious organizations and their patrons enjoy the benefits of Phase Online Library Subscription:

Argonne National Lab
Boise State University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve
Coe College
Columbia University
Cornell University

Corning, Inc.

Dow Corning Software
Elyachar Central Library

Forschungszentrum Juelich
Fraunhofer Institute

Imperial College London

Iowa State University

Johns Hopkins University
Johnson Matthey Technology UK

McMaster University
Missouri Science & Technology
MIT Libraries
Naval Research Laboratory
Ohio State University
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University
Purdue University


Sasol North America Inc.

Shibaura Institute

SSAB Europe Oy

Staats- und Universitaetsbibliothek
Stanford University

Texas A&M University
Tohoku University

Tokyo Institute of Technology
Toyota Central R&D Labs, Inc.
Tu Bergakademie Frieberg
University of Alberta Canada
University of California Irvine
University of Houston
University of Michigan
University of Oslo Library

University of Tennessee
University of Texas, Austin

Why are phase equilibria diagrams important to my library patrons?

Understanding phase equilibria in ceramic systems is central to the use and development of materials in refractories, glass, and other high-temperature technologies. Phase equilibria diagrams answer questions about flexibility and constraints of a ceramic or glass component in high-temperature or high-pressure environments. Phase boundaries also assist in the evaluation of the service stability of a ceramic material, both in the long and short time frames.  

For a step-by-step introductory text on the use and interpretation of phase diagrams, please purchase Introduction to Phase Equilibria in Ceramics by Clifton G. Bergeron and Subash H. Risbud. Download General Discussions of Phase Diagrams for free information on phase diagrams. General Discussion of Phase Diagrams [pages 5-36] by F.P. Hall, H. Insley, E.M. Levin, H.F. McMurdie and C.R. Robbins from Phase Diagrams for Ceramists, Volume I edited by E.M. Levin, C.R. Robbins and H.F. McMurdie.


System Requirements

Information and Software You Must Pre-install to Use This Application

A Subscription to the Phase Online Product – Without a subscription the only accessible part of the site is searching through the diagrams to see what is available. Downloading the commentary and diagrams are disabled for non-subscription based users. If you do not have an account you can purchase a subscription to the service at The American Ceramic Society Website.

Latest Version of Java – The Phase Equilibria Diagram viewer application is written in Java. To use this viewer and the site, your computer needs to be running the latest version of Java. Available for free at Download Java. You may have to restart your computer for Java to be fully installed.

Phase Equilibria Diagram Viewer – This is a Java application that will enable you to view the Phase Equilibria Diagrams present on the site. Once you click the link for the PED Viewer, you will download a file called ped_viewer.jnlp. Click this file in your browser window or find it in your downloads folder and select it to open it. You will be asked to give Java permission to install the viewer. Select the Yes option and the viewer will be installed using your version of Java. If the PED Viewer was successfully installed, you will see a message stating that it was installed.

Document Viewer – To open commentaries you will need an application for Microsoft Rich Text files and PDF files. For Microsoft Rich Text Files examples are Microsoft Word or Apache OpenOffice Writer. For PDF Files examples are Adobe Reader or Foxit PDF Reader.

Recommended browser – in our experience Google Chrome has been the most reliable and provides the best user experience followed by Firefox.

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