The study of how the properties of matter arise from its structure at all scales and of how processing can be used to modify those properties (often in pursuit of a specific application).

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Overloading stresses wooden planks beyond their elastic range, causing them to fail? [on hold]

info: In a video on youtube in an unsafe way a car is boarding a ship going over two wooden planks. It looks to me that there two 2x10" wooden boards support a 5,000 lbs car/truck (a not so light ...
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When doping a material, why is As called impurity?

Doping is the act of adding impurities to Group-IV elements to e.g. improve their conductivity. Though it is improving the conductivity, why is it called impurities?
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Transformation Diagrams for Ceramics

So, in the field of metallurgy, there are a few varieties of phase diagram that are used to predict the post-processing characteristics of alloys. These include Time-Temperature Transformation ...
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Ruthenium Dyes in Gratzel Cells [closed]

Can one replace the expensive 4d transition metal, Ru in Gratzel Cells by inexpensive 3d transition metals, such as Fe?
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How can I tell apart the composition of my soft ferrites

I have an assorted bunch of soft ferrites. I need to know which ones are MnZn and which ones are NiZn, so I can sort them for usage at different frequencies.
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To describe crystallity structures of this ferromagnetic material

MOKE microscope picture of the ferromagnetic Material $Co_{40} Fe_{40} B_{20}$ of 20 nm thin film All other pictures look the same, also from different angles: [0,360] by 15 degree separation. I ...
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Effects of cutting carbon nanotube buckypaper

Carbon nanotube buckypaper is a film/paper made from a mesh of carbon nanotube fibers, where each fiber is a bundle of a couple hundred nanotubes. This paper is flexible and tough like normal paper, ...
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How does radiation degrade mechanical parts and electronic devices?

I'm running out of places to look (lots of Googling, SE, [articles and books are too specific and never give a good overview]), and yet I am still unsure about how exactly radiation can degrade ...
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Magneto Optical Kerr Effects

I have a few questions on MOKE setup. Firstly, why is calibration of the coils necessary? Is it to get a relationship between the voltage and the Magnetic field? Secondly, why do we have to normalise ...
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What is the volume magnetization of Fe3O4 (magnetite) monodomains at room temperature?

Magnetite is great stuff for making ferrofluids and has a huge amount of literature. Yet I can't seem to find an answer to the simple question in the title. The magnetization of various bulk ...
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Why do some materials have a negative coefficient of thermal expansion in all directions?

Those materials are especially ceramic-glasses. I've found some studies about how does it happens in one dimension (for example a nanocrystalline has a silica helix that works like twisting spring, ...
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Why does aluminium-on-glass mirror work without distortion?

I have read an article about glass (zerodur) with low thermal expansion coefficient. It is mentioned that large casts of such glass are covered with reflective layer of Aluminium and used as mirrors ...
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Air bubbles in Ice and cause for their shape?

I was looking at the ice formed in my refrigerator and found out there were a lot of air bubbles inside it. The shape of the air pockets seemed strange to me. There were many small spherical ones ...
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How can you see the difference between a melamine plate and a plate with a melamine coating?

How can you see the difference between a melamine plate and a plate with a melamine coating?
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Spring limitation

Is there any limitation in acceleration and frequency of a spring. Please, imagine a horizontal spring with an object of mass $m$ attached in the free side and the friction is neglected. ...
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Why does sunlight cause colors to fade?

If you leave something outside, its colors seem to inevitably fade or bleach due to exposure. Is this due to UV absorption? What sort of mechanism causes this - is it that man-made dyes deform on a ...
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Does metal sublimate?

I know that solid water (ice) sublimes ("evaporates" straight from solid to dissolved gas) in air. On the other hand, some metal objects seem to last forever (e.g. gold, stainless steel and other ...
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Reflectance spectrum and Real Refractive Index Relation

I have taken in the laboratory mesurment of the Reflectance spectrum of a material and via mathematica calculated the phase for Kramers-Kronig Relations,and finnaly i calculated from it the real part ...
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Mechanical properties and nanocoatings

How do you model the changes in the mechanical properties of materials coated in with nano-materials? If I coat abs plastic with amorphous diamond how does that change the sheer, tensile and other ...
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Ohmic and non-ohmic conductors

What sort of materials are ohmic and what sort of materials are non-ohmic? I have tried looking around on the internet and have not found any clear way to differentiate between ohmic and non-ohmic ...
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Why does adding thorium to a TIG welding electrode improve the arc?

Why does adding thorium to a TIG welding electrode improve the arc? What are the physics behind this and other tungsten alloys used for improving TIG electrodes?
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How does force transmit through a solid block?

If you take a solid block, say, a cube of side length $l$ with density $\rho$, you place it upon a solid floor, and you apply an external pressure of $p(x,y)$ on the upper face ($x$ and $y$ define a ...
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First-principles derivation of cutting force

I know that the amount of force required to separate a material from itself is linked to the surface energy of that material. However, looking at just the surface energy laughably underestimates the ...
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What are the rules for breaking a glass with your voice?

So, this morning I woke up and remembered something I discussed about with one of my friends: Can human voice really break a wine glass? So I looked it up and after checking many websites and ...
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What is the physical process behind wool shrinking when dried?

Wool is a fibrous material, but other fibrous materials do not suffer the same problem. Let us set the scene; a woollen jumper shrinking when put in the washing machine, then the dryer. This involves ...
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Why does the refractive index not mirror the Lorentzian peak shape of the absorption index?

In the characterization of materials, there are many methods used: One of them is infrared spectroscopy. In a lab we saw the indices of refraction and absorption of a certain (semiconductor) solid ...
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Tension and compression in bicycle wheel spokes - what holds the wheel in place?

I assume that most of the weight of the bicycle is taken by spokes in tension, but there must also be a contribution from spokes in compression. Any idea of percentages?
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how much weight can you put on a bike tire? [closed]

How much weight can you put on a bike tire? What does it depend on?
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Is there a list of (the solid state version of) electron affinities?

I'm doing some energy band diagram analysis for a few scenarios, and I need the Electron affinity as defined in solid state physics for a few materials. Note that this is different than the one taught ...
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What will my diamond fibre shirt look like?

So, during an idle moment when I mused that our experimental setup would be a lot less hassle if it was made from a 1kg single crystal of diamond, this thought occurred to me... Since single crystal ...
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Why is elastic modulus greater than shear modulus?

I was looking at data for elastic modulus $E$ and shear modulus $G$, and found that $G$ is always lower than $E$. So I'm wondering what are the underlying principles that may be the cause of this. ...
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A reliable aluminium battery that charges in a minute. What's the catch?

This article Ultra-fast charging aluminum battery offers safe alternative to conventional batteries, phys.org. reports on the finding by a Stanford group of an aluminium-ion battery that can ...
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Help with a couple of materials science questions

My first post on this forum is asking for some assistance in answering some questions. I was hoping as well as being given an answer, you could offer a little explanation so that I can understand - ...
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Why is a substrate needed in growing GaN?

Is the substrate a layer on which GaN crystal grows on? Is there a way to grow free-standing GaN? Would the resultant crystal be full of defects?
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Could a long carbon nanotube be broken by hand?

Assuming we could get a single nanotube a metre long, would it be possible to break it by hand or would it slice through just about everything including flesh and bone? Could we even grip it, or would ...
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What to measure for cylinder stiffness/compressibility?

I have 2 cylinders made from different polymers. Both cylinders are made to 'accept' the same volume of water. When I fill cylinder 1 it is subjectively stiff while cylinder 2 is subjectively floppy. ...
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In which direction along a GaN (wurtzite) crystal are only Ga atoms being observed?

So, if you have an electron microscope image of a GaN crystal, and that it shows only white dots which represent Ga atoms. No nitrogen atoms are seen in the image. Along which direction is this ...
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Directions in the Elastic/Stiffness Constant Tensor

I am working on a report for an experiment I did concerning the Elastic constant tensor. This has 36 terms for tensile and shear stresses. I don't understand what the off diagonal elements are! C11 is ...
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UV and gas permable material?

Are there any material that pass uv (365nm) and gas (air) through? In addition to that question, are there any that will pass through uv and things won't stick to them? I'm thinking about building a ...
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Is this crystal defect an example of dislocation or a vacancy

It looks to me that a regular hexagonal pattern formed by the Ga atoms is interrupted in the middle of the crystal. Is this a void (or vacancy...), dislocation or another type of defect? Plus what ...
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The Egg Smashing Tournament

My cousins and I have a annual egg breaking tournament. First, each of us gets a hard boiled egg. Then, in a bracket tournament style, a pair of us face off in an egg breaking round: one person holds ...
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Carbon fibre laser beam dump material?

A few years ago I came across a material used as a high power laser beam dump. It was made from carbon fibre which looked like a mat made of high density bristles ie all the fibres on the top of the ...
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What is the physical significance of the Curie constant?

What is the physical significance of the Curie constant? I understand it depends on the effective moment of the ion and hence must be some measure of it, but what is it exactly? Like some average ...
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Differences between elastic moduli

Is it true that in materials like aluminum and copper, the correct order of elastic moduli, in terms of value are: Bulk < Young's < shear modulii If this is correct, why is this the case?
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What makes Obsidian edges sharper than other glass?

Obsidian is a volcanic glass with a reputation for being extremely sharp. Some surgeons use obsidian scalpels rather than high-quality steel surgical scalpels. At the same time, glass blades are used ...
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ZnO nanorods synthesis

Could someone please let me know the steps to be used for sol-gel method synthesis of ZnO nanorod arrays using PVA as solvent and Zn acetate as precursor? I need vertical and uniformly aligned NR ...
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Why is a hexagon such a stable shape for materials?

A hexagonal lattice is famously the shape of graphene, the source of the 2010 Nobel prize. The shape also shows up in beehives and in the basalt columns of Giant's Causeway in County Antrim. ...
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Activation energy as a function of defects

Electrical conductivity has a form of Arrhenius equation. It is assumed that activation energy decreases with defect density in the insulating state and becomes zero in the conducting state. Can one ...
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Energy conservation of permanent magnets engine

How to explain the fact that magnet can attract an object (apply a work W) without losing a (significant) part of its internal energy? How to apply the energy conservation principle? Please think to ...
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Working out the penetration of radioactive decay products

From my understanding of the products of radioactive decay (alpha particles, beta particles, and gamma are all I know of), the particles (or energy I guess?) are stopped by a medium according to it's ...