A unified view of materials design: two-element principle

Q.F. Zeng, L.T. Zhang, Y.D. Xu, L.F. Cheng, X.T. Yan

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-493
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials and Design
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


  • composites
  • selection for material properties
  • selection of material processes


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