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Physics of Elasticity and Crystal Defects

Adrian P. Sutton


Mechanical properties of crystalline materials are almost always dominated by the defects within them. The ability to shape metals into pipes, girders and furniture stems from the generation, motion and interaction of these defects. Defects are also the agents of chemical changes within crystals, enabling mass transport by atomic diffusion and changes of phase. Defects distort the crystal and these distortions enable defects to interact over large distances. The theory of elasticity is used to describe these interactions. Assuming no familiarity with the theory, this book introduces the reader ... More

Keywords: elasticity, elastic interaction, crystal defect, atomic structure, dislocation, point defect, crack, plasticity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198860785
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198860785.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrian P. Sutton, author
Emeritus Professor, Department of Physics, Imperial College London