By Hiroaki Okamoto
ALLOY PHASE DIAGRAMS are useful to metallurgists, materials engineers, and materials scientists in four major
- development of new alloys for specific applications
- fabrication of these alloys into useful configurations
- design and control of heat treatment procedures for specific alloys that will produce the required mechanical, physical, and chemical properties, and
- solving problems that arise with specific alloys in their performance in commercial applications, thus improving product predictability.
In all these areas, the use of phase diagrams allows research, development, and production to be done more efficiently and cost effectively.