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Phase diagrams are used in materials research and engineering to understand
the interrelationship between composition, microstructure and process conditions.
In complex systems, computational methods such as CALPHAD are employed to model
thermodynamic properties for each phase and simulate multicomponent phase behavior.
Written by recognized experts in the field, this is the first introductory guide
to the CALPHAD method, providing a theoretical and practical approach. Building
on core thermodynamic principles, this book applies crystallography, first principles
methods and experimental data to computational phase behavior modeling using
the CALPHAD method. With a chapter dedicated to creating thermodynamic databases,
the reader will be confident in assessing, optimizing and validating complex
thermodynamic systems alongside database construction and manipulation. Several
case studies put the methods into a practical context, making this suitable
for use on advanced materials design and engineering courses and an invaluable
reference to those using thermodynamic data in their research or simulations.