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A Comprehensive Treatise on Inorganic and Theoretical Chemistry

Nature volume 134, page 236 (18 August 1934) | Download Citation



VOL. 13 of Mellor's “Comprehensive Treatise” is devoted exclusively to the element iron, which has already formed the subject of a large part of the preceding volume. The present volume deals first with the mechanical, thermal, optical, electrical and magnetic properties of the metal and of its alloys with carbon. Ample attention is given to slip bands, Smekal cracks, transition temperatures, absorption, emission and X-ray spectra. The chemical properties of iron, the corrosion of iron and steel, and the passivity of iron, form the subjects of the next three sections. A full report is given of modern work on this group of subjects, which has given rise to much controversy in recent years; and the clarifying experiments and theories of U. R. Evans on corrosion and passivity are adequately described.

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