Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Smart StructuresBlurring the Distinction Between the Living and the Nonliving$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Vinod K. Wadhawan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229178

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229178.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 19 May 2019



Smart Structures

Vinod K. Wadhawan

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses ferroic materials, which are the first of the three types of nonlinear-response materials discussed in this book, the other two being soft materials and nanostructured materials. Their nonlinear properties are a consequence of one or more ferroic phase transitions that can occur in them. The chapter begins with an introduction to phase transitions and critical phenomena in crystals. Ferroic phase transitions are those that involve a change of point-group symmetry in a nondisruptive manner. Their thermodynamic classification is described, which helps divide ferroic materials into ferroelectrics, ferromagnetics, ferroelastics, ferrobielastics, ferroelastoelectrics, etc. The poling process for ferroic ceramics is explained. The domain structure of ferroics, and the possibilities of tailoring this structure to advantage are discussed. The importance of multiferroics in smart-structures research is emphasized. There are also sections on spin-glasses, shape-memory alloys and ceramics, and relaxor ferroelectrics. The book has helpful appendices on crystallographic symmetry and on tensor properties.

Keywords:   multiferroics, ferroic phase transitions, poling, domain structure, spin glasses, ferroelectrics, ferromagnetics, ferroelastics, ferrobielastics, ferroelastoelectrics

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .