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The Phase Equilibria Diagrams PC Database, Version 4.1 (2016)

Phase Equilibria Diagrams, (Standard Reference Database SRD 31), published from 1964 to 1992 as the well-known Phase Diagrams for Ceramists "blue books", is the result of a long-standing collaboration between NIST and The American Ceramic Society to develop and maintain a state-of-the-art database of critically evaluated phase equilibria data for industrial and academic customers. The diagrams serve as maps of the equilibrium chemical and structural behaviors exhibited by materials and provide critical starting information for the rational design of materials processing schemes, for quality assurance efforts, and for optimization of the physical and chemical properties of advanced materials.

The Phase Equilibria Diagrams Database contains commentaries and 26,000 diagrams for non-organic systems, including those published in all 21 hard-copy volumes produced as part of the ACerS-NIST Phase Equilibria Diagrams Program: hard-copy Volumes I through XIV ("blue books"); Annuals 91, 92, 93; High Tc Superconductors I & II; Zirconium & Zirconia Systems; and Electronic Ceramics I. Materials covered include oxides as well as non-oxide systems such as chalcogenides and pnictides, phosphates, salt systems, and mixed systems of these classes.

Version 4.1 is very similar to version 4.0 and functions with the same software that resulted from a comprehensive upgrade of the content management system (CMS), the user interface, and the graphics digitization program (PED Editor). The new CMS is a custom-developed web-based system running under Ubuntu Linux using the Ruby programming language. The system uses Nginx web server, an SQLite database, the Route scheduling system, and an object relational mapper for the GUI.

Materials researchers please note: The PED Editor, developed at NIST by Eric Boesch, is available for free Download PED Editor and can be used (1) to digitize phase diagrams and (2) to extract data from phase diagrams or other two-dimensional scientific drawings.

As in version 4.0. the new search interface is browser-based and includes help icons at each user-input location. In addition to the previously available search criteria (chemical system, author, etc.) users are now able to perform keyword searches of the critical evaluations of all 18,644 entries, allowing them to associate material systems with potential applications mentioned in the text. In addition, all 26,500 diagrams in the collection are now present in an updated format using the new PED Editor program, enabling all diagrams to be printed as high-quality .pdf files. The PED Editor is a custom-developed Java program which uses the iText open-source PDF file generation library, Batik open-source 8VG file generation library, Jackson open-source J80N file generation library, and the JAMA Java Matrix package.

Version 4.1 provides 778 new entries (Figs. 14872-15650, electronic Volume 19) with 1656 new diagrams. The comprehensive, searchable DVD includes all the information printed in the 21 hard-copy volumes as well as "virtual" Volumes 15,16, special-Volume P (phosphorus-containing) as well as all other special-issue topical volumes, 17, and 18. (Publication of hard-copy books was discontinued after Vol. 14.) The new content includes experimental and calculated data for a wide range of non-organic material-types including oxides and mixed systems with oxides, chalcogenides (sulfides, selenides, tellurides). pnictides (N, P, As, 8b, Bi), actinides (U, Pu, Th) and actinide-surrogates (Ce), oxy-cation systems (e.g. molybdates, vanadates), semiconductors (8i, Ge, Sn), group 3 systems (B, AI, Ga, In, TI), and salts including mixed systems with salts. The data are pertinent to a wide variety of applications including optoelectronics, thermal-barrier coatings, sensors, energy converters, nuclear-waste reprocessing, nuclear-reactor technology, photovoltaics, pigments, fuel cells, catalysts, thermoelectrics, capacitors, transducers, thermoluminescence, molten-salt batteries, photovoltaics, electrolytic refining, and semiconductor manufacturing. The new figures are labeled as Volume 19 in this release.


The free demonstration version contains the same functionality as the full version, but with limited content consisting of the 202 figures published in the Phase Diagrams for Ceramists: Annual '92, and 11 figures from Volume 15.  In addition, the demonstration version serves as a searchable, comprehensive chemical index for the entire database.

Effective immediately, there will be a minimum $30.00 shipping charge for all international shipments of databases via UPS International. Customer will be responsible for their own duties, tax, and VAT. Contact 301 975 2200 or data@nist.gov if you have questions.


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For information on ordering books, or Phase Online:
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Email: customerservice@ceramics.org

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The scientific contact for this database:
Terrell Vanderah, Editor-in-Chief 
Phase Equilibria Diagrams Data Center
National Institute of Standards and Technology
MS 8520, 100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8580
(301) 975-5785 terrell.vanderah@nist.gov

Keywords: Advanced ceramics; ceramic; ceramic phase diagrams; phase diagrams; phase equilibria; phase equilibrium.