9R30. Superplastic Flow: Phenomenology and Mechanics. Engineering Materials Series. - KA Padmanabhan (Indian Inst of Tech, Kanpur, 208016, India), RA Vasin (Moscow State Univ, Moscow, 119899, Russia), FU Enikeev (Inst of Metals Superplasticity Prob, Ufa, 450081, Russia). Springer-Verlag, Berlin. 2001. 363 pp. ISBN 3-540-67842-5. $99.00.

Reviewed by MJ Zyczkowski (Inst of Mech and Machine Des, Politechnika Krakowska, Cracow Univ of Tech, ul Warszawska 24, 31-155 Krakow, Poland).

Superplasticity is defined as the ability to exhibit very large tensile elongation prior to failure. From the viewpoint of solid mechanics, it corresponds to finite-strain plasticity and viscoplasticity including metal forming processes. On the other hand, from the viewpoint of materials science, the most important is the microstructure that determines necessary properties, finding the composition of alloys, the ranges of temperature and strain rate making it possible to obtain large elongations. The classical example of a superplastic material is that of...

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