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Handbook of Environmental Degradation of Materials, 2nd Edition

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Handbook of Environmental Degradation of Materials, 2nd Edition
Author: Myer Kutz
ISBN 978-1-4377-3455-3

Published: Sep 2012

896 pages, Hardcover


Price: $250.00 + S&H
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Key Features

  • 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.

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.


Engineers: Civil, Mechanical, Materials, Design, Maintenance, Chemical & Process 

Industries: construction / civil engineering, automotive / aerospace / transportation, chemical processing, consumer packaging, paints and coatings, petrochemical, pipeline, plastics.

Level: Practicing engineers and technicians, students seeking real-world examples and applied techniques.


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

(possibly split into two chapters, one on polymers, one on metals.)

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


Myer Kutz, Myer Kutz Associates. Inc., Delmar, NY, USA

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