Bever, Michael B. Formerly, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Process metallurgy
- Physical metallurgy
- General principles
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The technology and science of metallic materials. Metallurgy as a branch of engineering is concerned with the production of metals and alloys, their adaptation to use, and their performance in service. As a science, metallurgy is concerned with the chemical reactions involved in the processes by which metals are produced and the chemical, physical, and mechanical behavior of metallic materials. Metallurgy is one of the major subdivisions of materials science and engineering, along with ceramics, polymers, glasses, electronic materials, carbon materials, nanomaterials, and composite materials.
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