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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Question about the way the inner stress in an axially loaded member is defined

When a member is in tension, such as in a tensile test of a piece of metal, its freebody-diagram would show a force of P in both directions. Why then is its internal stress not $\frac{2 \cdot P}{A}$? ...
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Adsorption of polar molecules

On any given surface, is there more adsorption if the molecules in a vapor are polar? For example, for a given (approximate) molecular weight would one expect more adsorption onto a surface by the ...
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The physics of an anvil [closed]

I am trying to understand how an anvil might best be made. An anvil requires two essential characteristics: enough hardness to not be deformed under the blows of the hammer, but as little rebound and ...
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Different ways to calculate the bulk modulus

I am trying to calculate the bulk modulus of unit cells of materials with trigonal or monoclinic structure using two different methods: -The first one is by fitting the changes of volume and energy ...
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Why do sponges work? [duplicate]

By "sponge" I mean anything used to suck up liquids from surfaces, such as kitchen towels etc. I assume capillary action is a factor, and also maybe surface area and surface energy. What are the ...
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How is a unidirectional lamina transversely isotropic?

What I don't understand specifically is that if there happen to be more fibers in the $x_2$ direction than the $x_3$ direction, wouldn't that make the material properties in those directions ...
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Why do materials show plastic behaviour for large stress?

As the stress is increased, the strain increases proportionally up to elastic limit and the material regains its original dimension within elastic limit. When the stress is increased further the ...
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$16~\rm N/mm^2$ flexural strength

This question more relates to construction and architecture but I am sure it will not be the problem to ask and get a good answer here. If we have declared flexural strength of concrete of 16 N/mm2, ...
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Are hardness, strength and toughness of materials not the same thing in a way?

I had to look through several videos and re-read Wikipedia statements about these material properties several times before I could even begin to differentiate them. However, now that I have found out ...
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Effective medium approaches - Volume averaging vs homogenization?

In dealing with multiphase two phase systems as an effective medium there are two approaches that can be taken. Volume averaging and homogenization. Volume averaging is very intuitive, just take ...
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What is our most complete microscopic theory for the elastic-plastic transition point?

I suppose its all stated in the title. What is our most successful description of the microscopic behavior of material at the elastic-plastic transition point. My condensed matter physics prof was ...
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behavior of dissolved ionic compounds in an electric field

Consider the following setup - An open, insulating box is filled with distilled water, into which is dissolved a significant amount of pure NaCl. Two insulated lumps of conductor, one with a large ...
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Why should I discard a carafe if it has ever been heated empty? (Can thermal shock permanently weaken materials without causing them to fail?) [closed]

Related to "What pressure or tension occurs in a glass jar when I pour boiling water inside?" I just got a new coffeemaker, and one of the warnings in the manual states that you should discard the ...
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Predicting contact time and COR (coeff of restitution) for a cricket ball and pitch

For real world application, COR --> Bounce produced by pitch, for both spinners & seamers; Contact time --> grip provided by pitch, mainly for spinners Assuming cricket ball to be a sphere and ...
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What's “the” physical explanation of hysteresis in ferrimagnetic materials?

I am wondering what is "the" or "a" physical explanation of hysteresis in ferrimagnetic materials. From what I've read in wikipedia and Cullity's book, there is a simple physical explanation for ...
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Same equation, different meanings

I went into a physics classroom today and saw this equation written on the board: $$ E = \frac \sigma \epsilon $$ At first I thought it referred to the electric field $ E $ between 2 parallel plates ...
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Why are Brillouin zones for graphene and monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides the same?

The geometrical model of graphene is the flat honeycomb lattice, so the Brillouin zone is also flat honeycomb lattice. However, monolayer of transition metal dichalcogenides is not flat as it consists ...
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Why is diamond transparent while graphite is not?

Diamond and graphite are both made of the same atom, carbon. Diamond has a tetrahedron structure while graphite has a flat hexagonal structure. Why is diamond transparent while graphite is not (at ...
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2D materials with isotropic Dirac cones

The celebrated material graphene has electrons which can be described by the simple 2D Hamiltonian $H = v_F \left( \sigma_x p_x + \sigma_y p_y \right)$, where $v_F$ is a Fermi velocity. Silicene, ...
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3D Bravais Lattices in terms of $\mathbb{Z}^3$

I am looking at the definitions of Bravais Lattice on Wikipedia and I find that I can describe many of them in terms of a mathematical lattice $\mathbb{Z}^3$. cubic $\mathbb{Z}^3$ body-centered ...
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Spectral Signature

I am interested in studying about spectral signature of various materials. I am working as an electronics engineer intern in a company which deals with Hyperspectral imaging. Working with spectral ...
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Thermodynamic / Thermal Property

What is the definition for (i) Thermodynamic Property & (ii) Thermal Property? What are the subtle distinctions in the Thermodynamic Properties and Thermal Properties? ...
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Can vinyl LPs store audio above 20kHz and can it be played back? [closed]

If, in the future, humans genetically engineered themselves to be able to hear frequencies significantly above 20kHz (say, up to 100kHz), would they find vinyl LPs a viable method of storing and ...
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Can a material made of a heavier isotope of an element become harder or stronger?

I was wondering if any experiments have been done to measure if there is a change in the hardness or strength of a material made solely of a heavier isotope of an element which is a constituent of the ...
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Looking for materials with specific magnetic properties

To begin with, I am not a native English speaker and have very limited knowledge regarding magnetism and want to apologize in advance for probable use of incorrect terms. In the picture, M ...
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How to measure the two-point function for two phase media?

Given some two phase media, consisting of a random mixture of materials A and B. how does one measure the two-point function? The one-point function is trivial to determine and can be done simply by ...
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why cracks are observed over time in stainless steel vessels? [closed]

We are using stainless steel vessels for long time. But most of the times the vessels made by the stainless steel material are get cracked on its edges. I guessed this would happen due to the ...
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Is there a database or a classification of High-temperature superconductors?

I was wondering if there exists a list with all (or most of) the High-$T_c$ superconductor materials. In particular I'd like to know if there are databases or review that classifies them by their ...
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Temperature dependence of magnetic domains

Does the size of magnetic domains depend on temperature ? Not able to find any papers on this subject, maybe because there is no such dependence...
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Elongation and tensile strength of rubber

I want to do some experiments on a neoprene rubber sheet (ex. supplier). When I went to order the sheet I was confused because the listed elongation and tensile strength for all sheet sizes (with ...
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Penetration of human skin [closed]

I recently found an answer for the "toughness" of steel http://physics.stackexchange.com/a/16821 and was hoping to get a similar answer regarding human flesh. How much pressure is required to ...
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How to make glass surfaces with different hydrophobicity level?

I have a number of small glass beads (d= 2.0 mm) and I need to use a method to make the glass surface hydrophobic. How can I create glass beads with different wettability levels (i.e. various contact ...
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Formulae for Elastic Hysteresis of rubber

Being a school student, I'm pretty sure we don't need to explicitly learn any formulae helping us evaluate the energy dissipated by mechanical internal energy in a hysteresis loop. But I was wondering ...
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Twin and Detwin Crystals [closed]

Hello i would like to ask , what are twin and detwin monocrystals? what has to do with their crystalographic symmetry? any consequences ? any image also would be really helpfull! Thank you
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Why does the bulk modulus of water have a maximum at around 60-70ºC

So I'm doing some water hammer analysis and was calculating bulk modulus of water as a function of temperature. I took the speed of sound and density of water as functions of temperature and ...
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How does flow rate affect plume dynamics and film properties in PLD?

So I use a home-built Pulsed Laser Deposition(PLD) system to deposit metal oxide thin films. I use a $ 248\ \mathrm{nm KrF}$ laser. I recently deposited two films under slightly different conditions. ...
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Properties of “hard light”

According to this, and this, we now have the ability to make "light molecules", which, from my admittedly layman understanding, have something to do with rubidium atoms, vacuum, and temperatures near ...
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Why do neutron stars have solid crusts?

A long time ago I read that neutron stars have a solid crusts that are several orders of magnitude harder/stronger than alloys here on the Earth. So how is this possible ? A neutron star has a ...
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Process of x-ray crystallography

This is a pretty basic question but I would just like some confirmation of what I suspect is true. As I understand it, the basic idea behind x-ray crystallography is that we take our crystal and hit ...
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Electricity from something other than a solid

Is piezoelectricity only limited to solids or can liquids or non-Newtonian fluids create a current when compressed?
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Is there any metal or any material that can survive the Sun? [closed]

If we were to send a unmanned spaceship through the Sun. What material can survive?
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How to cut graphene?

How is graphene cut, given that it is similar in strength and hardness to diamond? I assume you cannot just take a pair of regular scissors to a sheet of it and cut out the shape you want?
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What is the significance of the Debye temperature from a materials perspctive?

If I look at a table of different metals and their Debye temperatures, what does the variation in these temperatures tell me about these materials?
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Nomenclature “Material System”

This is just a quick question about nomenclature from General Relativity. Most textbooks refer to "material systems"; 1) Does a material system have to be a system with mass? or can it just be a ...
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Search strategies in Material Science

Material scientists often search for new materials with engineered properties. If, for example, you have a set of doped semiconducting materials with different doping levels, and you aim for maximal ...
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Is it possible to use stainless steel for 3d printed liquid rocket engine powered by kerosene and oxygen? [closed]

There is no possible to print from copper at this moment, so, I need a replacement material. There is rocket engine with regenerative cooling system. It's cooling by liquid propellant (it uses gaseous ...
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What does a sheet of graphene look like?

What does a sheet of graphene look like? At one atom thick, is it visible to the naked eye? Can it be handled (by hand) with being torn? Can it be felt at all? [Assuming a large enough sheet ...
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Why are HCP materials brittle whie FCC materials are ductile?

Why are hexagonal close packed materials brittle, While face centered cubic is ductile. Is it related to crystal planes?
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Constant pressure, constant wall thickness, expanding volume = explosion?

Just been idly thinking about a gas cylinder I sometimes use. Pressure is about 200 Bar, or roughly 20 MPa. If I kept the same thickness of steel wall, and the same pressure, but made cylinders bigger ...
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is full spectrum transparency possible?

Are there materials fully transparent throughout the spectrum? (transparent to all frequencies). And if there's no such substance exists, is it even physically possible to design/make one?