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Damascus and pattern-welded steels

Forging blades since the iron age

may 2014
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240 x 160 format 216 pages In stock
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Steels are a class of materials with multiple and complicated transformations; this is true even for steels of the basic cutlery industry. A damascus steel is a fascinating subject to study, rich in multiple facets, that appears in a first approach as a composite material artistically exploited.

Damacus steel was developed in the first millennium AD in India or Sri-Lanka. Its reputation is related to its exceptional properties and to the moire pattern. A similar damask pattern could be obtained by forge-welding giving rise to controversies. Recent findings allow a better understanding of this pattern formation.

This book presents firstly, observations of ancient blade samples examined with modern technologies such as electron microscopy. The features of many typical swords from different periods are discussed: Celtic, Merovingian, Viking and oriental wootz swords, Persian shamshirs, Japanese katana, rapiers etc. In the second part, microstructural observations at different levels of magnification are displayed and their interpretation is discussed in detail, thus revealing the secret of sophisticated forgings. One chapter is devoted to introducing the main transformations undergone by these steels during the forging processes.

The book is intended for all those people interested in the history of science and more specifically to the metallurgists, to the archaeologists and all the researchers confronted with the problems of the expertise of the vestiges, to the blacksmiths, and to the collectors of valuable artistic blades.


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Paper book


Language(s): English

Audience(s): Professionals, Research

Publisher: EDP Sciences

Edition: 1st edition

Collection: Science des matériaux / Materials

Published: 1 may 2014

EAN13 Paper book: 9782759811731

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759816354

Interior: Colour

Format (in mm) Paper book: 240 x 160

Pages count Paper book: 216

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 223

Weight (in grammes): 1

Size: 94 Mo (PDF)

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