Fundamentals of Ceramics

Fundamentals of CeramicsFundamentals of Ceramics textbook

Michel W. Barsoum,
Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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Updated and improved, this revised edition of Michel Barsoum’s classic text Fundamentals of Ceramics presents readers with an exceptionally clear and comprehensive introduction to ceramic science. Barsoum offers introductory coverage of ceramics, their structures and properties, with a distinct emphasis on solid state physics and chemistry. Key equations are derived from first principles to ensure a thorough understanding of the concepts involved.

The book divides naturally into two parts. Chapters 1 to 9 consider bonding in ceramics and their resultant physical structures, and the electrical, thermal and other properties that are dependent on bonding type. The second part (chapters 11 to 16) deals with those factors that are determined by microstructure, such as fracture and fatigue, and thermal, dielectric, magnetic and optical properties. Linking the two sections is chapter 10, which describes sintering, grain growth and the development of microstructure.

Fundamentals of Ceramics is ideally suited to senior undergraduate and graduate students of materials science and engineering and related subjects.

Key Features:

  • An excellent textbook for ceramics courses worldwide.
  • Very little competition, certainly none at a price affordable by students.
  • Good sets of Worked Examples and end-of chapter problems with answers.
  • Solution manual available with detailed solutions to most problems.


“We have been using this text for our juniors ever since its first publication . . . It is an excellent introduction to mass transport and phase transformations in materials.” – Professor Lisa C Klein, Ceramic and Materials Engineering, Rutgers – the State University of New Jersey

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Junior and Senior Undergraduate and First year Graduate Students in Materials Science and Engineering.

Format: 234 x 156mm Extent: c.600pp
Binding: Paperback Price: £34.99/$55.00
ISBN: 0 7503 0902 4 Pub Date: November 2002

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