A User's Guide to Vacuum Technology - Technical Books on Vacuum
By J. O'Hanlon
Wiley-Interscience, 3rd Edition(2003)
2003, 516 pp.
|Table of Contents|
|Chapter 1 - Vacuum Technology||Chapter 14 - Getter and Ion Pumps|
|Chapter 2 - Gas Properties||Chapter 15 - Cryogenic Pumps|
|Chapter 3 - Gas Flow||Chapter 16 - Materials in Vacuum|
|Chapter 4 - Gas Release from Solids||Chapter 17 - Joints, Seals, and Valves|
|Chapter 5 - Pressure Gauges||Chapter 18 - Lubrication|
|Chapter 6 - Flow Meters||Chapter 19 - Rough Vacuum Pumping|
|Chapter 7 - Pumping Speed||Chapter 20 - High Vacuum Systems|
|Chapter 8 - Residual Gas Analyzers||Chapter 21 - Ultraclean Vacuum Systems|
|Chapter 9 - Interpretation of RGA Data||Chapter 22 - High Flow Systems|
|Chapter 10 - Mechanical Pumps||Chapter 23 - Multichamber Systems|
|Chapter 11 - Turbomolecular Pumps||Chapter 24 - Leak Detection|
|Chapter 12 -Diffusion Pumps||Symbols|
|Chapter 13 - Pump Fluids||Appendixes|
Book Review (refers to 2nd edition)
This is comprehensive guide to vacuum technology, but not an introductory book. Although it does not presumed the reader has prior knowledge, the depth to which it plumbs each facet of vacuum technology may leave a newcomer stranded. It is, however, a vital text-book for all those technicians, engineers and researchers who, from daily contact, have some familiarity with vacuum systems, but must know more.
O'Hanlon divides the subject of Vacuum into four main sections: Its Basis, Production, Materials, and Systems. It concludes with good Appendixes that, in this reviewer's copy, are so worked-over they are dog-eared with pages falling out.
The largest section is, Its Basis, covers in suitable depth (including the math) the kinetic theory of gases, gas flow, outgassing, pressure measurement, etc. The Production section is an in-depth look at the major pumps and pumping mechanism used in modern vacuum technology.
The Materials section is good, emphasizing how the choice of materials and components influences the ultimate pressure. It then discussed joints, flanges, seals, and various components. It concludes with an interesting chapter on vacuum lubrication that gives references to a variety of liquid, grease, and dry lubricants.
The Systems section contains chapters on rough vacuum, high vacuum, ultraclean vacuum, high flow, and multi-chamber systems. The final chapter is a good introduction to leak detection methods.