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Microstructure Sensitive Design for Performance Optimization

Microstructure Sensitive Design for Performance Optimization, 1st Edition

Microstructure Sensitive Design for Performance Optimization, 1st Edition,Brent Adams,Surya Kalidindi,David Fullwood,ISBN9780123969897

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Destined to be an instant classic in the field of materials engineering, this defining book introduces the materials engineer to rigorous methodology for specifically tailoring the microstructure of materials to meet the properties and functionality required by the designer.

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Key Features

  • Presents new methods and techniques for analysis and optimum design of materials at the microstructure level.

  • Authors' methodology introduces spectral approaches not available in previous texts, such as the incorporation of crystallographic orientation as a variable in the design of engineered components with targeted elastic properties.

  • Numerous illustrations and examples throughout the text help readers grasp the concepts.


The accelerating rate at which new materials are appearing, and transforming the engineering world, only serves to emphasize the vast potential for novel material structure and related performance. Microstructure Sensitive Design for Performance Optimization (MSDPO) embodies a new methodology for systematic design of material microstructure to meet the requirements of design in optimal ways. Intended for materials engineers and researchers in industry, government and academia as well as upper level undergraduate and graduate students studying material science and engineering, MSDPO provides a novel mathematical framework that facilitates a rigorous consideration of the material microstructure as a continuous design variable in the field of engineering design.


Materials engineers and researchers across academia, government and industry who are working in the area of new materials design; graduate students in materials science and engineering

Brent Adams


Brent L. Adams is Dusenberry Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University. From 1976-80 he was Senior Research Engineer for Babcock and Wilcox Company. He has been a professor of materials science at the University of Florida and Carnegie Mellon University, and a professor of mechanical engineering at Yale University and Brigham Young University. He was recipient of a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award (1985-1990). Professor Adams directed the team of researchers that developed the orientation imaging microscope, which is now used by over 400 laboratories some 30 countries of the world to advance the development of materials. He is the author of 170 papers and five edited proceedings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Surya Kalidindi


Surya R. Kalidindi earned a B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After his graduation from MIT in 1992, Surya joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University as an Assistant Professor. In just eight years, he was promoted to the position of the Department Head. Although he was the youngest person to serve as the Department Head, the department experienced tremendous growth during his tenure. The growth of the department was recognized in the annual rankings by Academic Analysts, where it was ranked #10 nationally among Materials Science and Engineering programs in 2006. During 2008-2010, Surya served as the Department Head of Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University. He has also served as the Director of the Centralized Research Facilities in the College of Engineering at Drexel University during 2000-2010. Surya’s research efforts over the past two decades have made seminal contributions to the fields of crystal plasticity and microstructure design. His work has already produced about 30 PhDs, over 150 articles in refereed journals, four book chapters, and a new book on Microstructure Sensitive Design to be published by Elsevier in 2012. His work is well cited by peer researchers as reflected by a h-index of 34 and a current citation rate of over 500 citations/year (based on Web of Science). Surya serves as the Director of an NSF REU Site and a DoEd GAANN program at Drexel University. Surya served as a co-Editor-in-Chief of Computers, Materials & Continua (CMC) published by Tech Science Press from 2007-2011. Surya has been elected as a Fellow of ASM International, ASME, and Alpha Sigma Mu (Materials Honors Society).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

David Fullwood


Dr. David Fullwood is a member of the Materials group in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Brigham Young University. Following his PhD in mathematics he spent 12 years working for the nuclear industry in the UK. As Head of R&D and Head of Mechanical Engineering he developed high-speed energy storage flywheels based on novel composites for two spin-off companies. The result was the most high-tech flywheel available, with applications on the NY Metro, a Fuji wind farm and other areas requiring energy smoothing. Dr Fullwood returned to academia in 2004, with a brief spell at Drexel University followed by his current position at BYU. He now focuses on composites / nano-composites, microscopy and computational methods in materials science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Mechanical Engineering Department, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Microstructure Sensitive Design for Performance Optimization, 1st Edition

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Tensors and Rotations

Chapter 3. Generalized Fourier Series

Chapter 4. Description of the Microstructure

Chapter 5. Symmetry in Microstructure Representation

Chapter 6. Continuum Theories

Chapter 7. Homogenization Theories

Chapter 8. The Microstructure Hull

Chapter 9. The Property Closure

Chapter 10. A Design Process

Chapter 11. Higher Order Microstructure Representation

Chapter 12. Stereology

Chapter 13. Higher Order Homogenization

Chapter 14. The 2nd-Order Property Closure and Design Optimization

Chapter 15. Microstructure Evolution by Processing

Appendix A. Symmetry Point Operators

Appendix B. Spherical Harmonic Functions and Tables

Appendix C. Orientation Imaging Microscopy




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