About the book
The intermetallic compounds (IMCs), though are generalized as having specific chemical compositions, however, in reality, the stoichiometry may vary. Accordingly, the properties of the IMCs may differ depending on the chemistry, microstructure, morphology of the constituents. Therefore, the task of developing an IMC for a specific application has been a long-term challenge. The IMCs differ from the parent components and alloys in their properties and may have represented varieties of the crystal structure. The investigations of the physicochemical properties of IMCs have always yielded interesting findings on crystal structures and defects. There is no doubt that the microstructural properties of the IMC would depend on the grain aspect ratio, phase differences, size, distribution, etc. Consequently, the IMCs have now found wide-scale applications based on the surface electromagnetic properties, thermal properties, ductility, toughness, rigidity, etc. The usability of IMCs for structural applications has renewed interest in the development of various compositions.
This book is an endeavor in understanding the structure, property, and functionality of intermetallic compounds (IMC). The first three topics deal with the chemical, morphological and microscopic properties of IMCs. The last two topics deal with the applications of IMC on surfaces and as structural components.