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A unified view of materials design: two-element principle

Zeng, Q.F. and Zhang, L.T. and Xu, Y.D. and Cheng, L.F. and Yan, X.T. (2009) A unified view of materials design: two-element principle. Materials and Design, 30 (3). pp. 487-493. ISSN 0261-3069

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Four elements of materials science and engineering (namely synthesis/processing, structure/composition, properties, and performance) should be systematically and holistically considered to give a unified view of a material being designed, but no effective mathematic methods have been derived to connect these four elements together to derive an integrated view so far. Multi-scale and closed-loop materials design cannot be described just only based on this unified view. A new materials design principle based on two basic elements, namely environment and microstructure, has been put forward to describe above two difficult problems, multi-scale and closed-loop materials design. A new concept of 'order' thereby has been deduced to quantitatively define the procedures of materials design.