Materials of degradation studies - concerning corrosion, for example - have traditionally been divided into separate disciplines for each type of material. The control of materials degradation is usually studied as a separate topic, such as corrosion and paints. It is therefore difficult for a student to gain an overall view of the entire materials degradation problem with this scattered presentation of knowledge. This is a comprehensive review of the various forms of damage occurring in all significant engineering materials. It proceeds to discuss both traditional and modern technologies of surface engineering for combating materials degradation. Scientific concepts are illustrated graphically, wherever possible, by diagrams.
Mechanisms of materials degradation - mechanical causes of materials degradation; chemical causes of materials degradation; materials degradation induced by heat and other forms of energy; duplex causes of materials degradation; surface engineering - discrete coatings; integral coatings and modified surface layers; characterization of surface coatings; application of control techniques - control of materials; degradation; financial and industrial aspects of materials degradation and its control.