Even though functionally graded materials have been utilized by people for hundreds of years it is only lately that it has been realized that material advances may be made by bringing together the many materials disciplines that work on functionally graded materials this book accomplishes such a unification. Seven years have elapsed since dr renee ford editor in chief of materials technology first suggested to me to publish a book on functionally graded materials fgms she said that the fgm concept then largely unknown outside of japan and a relatively few laboratories elsewhere would be of. In materials science functionally graded materials fgms may be characterized by the variation in composition and structure gradually over volume resulting in corresponding changes in the properties of the materialthe materials can be designed for specific function and applications various approaches based on the bulk particulate processing preform processing layer processing and melt . Application of functionally graded materials process of making an fgm are dependent on its intended use in this study new possible applications of fgm and its production process were investigated three possible application of fgm were proposed first the novel technique in producing ultra fine grain of difficult to work materials . Functionally graded materials iii areas of application of fgm some of the applications of functionally graded materials are highlighted below a aerospace functionally graded materials can withstand very high thermal gradient this makes it suitable for use in structures and space plane body rocket engine component etc 34 if
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