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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Physical Constraints of Very Large Humanoids

I loved Godzilla movies when I was a kid (still do), but ever since Pacific Rim came out, I have been pondering just how implausible really large humanoids would be given the laws of physics. For the ...
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How to identify materials that maximize capillary action?

How can I identify materials that will demonstrate effective capillary action? The problem I would like to solve is increasing indoor humidity by placing a source of water (e.g. bowl) on a radiator ...
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How differing height of original potential barrier leads to differing energy bands [on hold]

Question: How does differing the height of original potential barrier leads to differing energy bands. From my understanding, (and using the Kronig Penney potential model) lowering the potential ...
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Mullins effect in the elastic material

I was thinking on a experimental question, but I couldn't get the answer: How can we measure how the Mullins effect influences in the pressure inside a balloon? (I mean that, if there is a formula, ...
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Does the magnetic anisotropy state only have two possible directions?

Wikipedia says "The magnetic moment of magnetically anisotropic materials will tend to align with an easy axis". Does this mean that it is completely impossible to orient the magnetic moment with any ...
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Why are hyperboloid towers not popular anymore? [closed]

Hyperboloid towers were very popular in the end of 19th and the first half of 20th centuries - water towers, powerline anchor towers, sometimes tall radio towers were built using this design. The ...
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What would happen to a submarine coated in water repellent

I saw the article about laser-etched hydrophobic metal, and it got me thinking, how would a submarine function differently if coated as such? Would it move faster, sink completely, be unable to move ...
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How can I make the nastiest fingernails-on-blackboard type sound? [closed]

We all know how nasty the fingernails-on-a-blackboard sound is. What can I do to make a sound of this kind which is as loud and nasty as possible? This doesn't have to involve any particular ...
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How much weight would I need to put on the end of a tube to break it?

Say I have a tube with a circular cross-section made from some material (for an example, I'd like to use acrylic). I support it horizontally from one end and hang a weight from the other end. How ...
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Applications of partial differential equations in material science [closed]

I've been asked to find a partial differential equation that has applications in material science. However we are not allowed to use the heat equation. I have found Fick's laws (basically the heat ...
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Steel and aluminum fatigue limit

Is it true that steel has a fatigue limit? Is it true that past a certain number of stress strain cycles, steel will last indefinitely if its ultimate strength after the specified number of stress ...
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Plasma frequency

I have a neutral plasma and I need to solve Maxwell equations given the charge and current densities on the plasma. In order to do it I need to know the electrical permittivity $\varepsilon$, I've ...
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Relationship between electrical resistivity and density

I just read this answer on EE.SE and that triggered a doubt in me. If I were asked whether there is any relationship between the electrical resistivity and the density of a substance I'd answer ...
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Finding the strains from a 0, 90 rosette - Mohr's circle

I have used a strain rosette with two gauges at 0 and 90 degrees to find strain on a beam under force and an trying to plot Mohr's circle for the problem. As the gauges are at right angles finding the ...
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will my duraflex seams melt over a fire

Good day ladies and gentlemen, i do realize it may seem like a welding question but i assure you it is physics related. i have built a non pressurized boiler that contains water to be used over an ...
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Find the maximum allowable bending moment

A rolled steel universal I-section beam with a serial size of $406\times178$ has a mass of $60$kg/m. What is the maximum safe allowable bending moment this beam can sustain,given that the maximum ...
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Would it actually be possible to preserve a snow flake?

In episode one of season 3 of The Big Bang Theory Leonard offers Penny as a gift a snow flake he says he preserved in some kind of resin, having it brought from the North Pole. Is this purely ...
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Equivalence of Bulk Modulus Definitions [duplicate]

Per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulk_modulus, $K=-V\frac{\mathrm d P}{\mathrm d V}$ and $K=\rho \frac{\mathrm d P}{\mathrm d \rho}$ are two equivalent definitions for $K$, the bulk modulus. How do ...
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Piezoelectric polarity

After a few days, I cannot find an answer to this question: Besides mechanical stress, is there another way to induce a negative charged surface on quartz? Note: several scholarly articles kept ...
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magnetostrictive effect due to earth's magnetic field

is there any magnetic field sensor,which produces stress or strain as output,when that sensor is sensing earth's magnetic field on the surface of earth(0.25 gauss to 0.65 gauss)?or any ...
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coherent grain growth

What is the driving force for growth of coherent precipitates in the matrix? The driving force for growth of incoherent precipitates in the matrix is concentration slope between tiny and large ...
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Martensitic transformation in ceramics

What is the specification of Martensite (displacive) transformation in ceramics comparing to yhe one in metals? I just know about Martensite transformation in metals. For example, these ...
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Does the surface of austenitic steels have an especially “dynamic” phase somewhere between 100 and 200 Celsius?

There is lots of kitchen lore about pans. One popular concept are the "pores" of a steel pan surface, which are the reason why food sticks to the pan when it's not heated properly. I don't know much ...
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How much will a round tube deflect under load? [closed]

I'm trying to determine the materials I need to complete a hobby project, and I'm having trouble estimating how much flex a given steel tube would have under different configurations/loads. My setup ...
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Applying Statistical Mechanics to Formulate Corrosion (Rusting)

I wanted to try and take my current knowledge of statistical mechanics (first quarter undergraduate course completed, beginning researcher in far from equilibrium statistical mechanics, basic ...
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what is difference between homogeneous vs isotropic material?

When we say a material is isotropic? When properties such as density, Young's modulus etc. are same in all directions. If these properties are direction dependent, then we can say that the material is ...
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What curved, transparent media exists for full-motion holograms?

Looking to project light either on, or through, but not from, a transparent medium. So I'm thinking of half a hollow sphere with a surface thickness of 1/10th the radius of sphere. A clear curved ...
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Material Evaporation in Low Pressure Condition

Are there any references for the determination of evaporation temperature of materials under low pressure condition? Specifically, I need to evaporate InP under low pressure at around 1.0 Torr which ...
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Drilling a Vault [closed]

Premise I think this is a Physics question, so i thought this would be the right stackexchange website to post my question. If I'm wrong, feel free to move the question in the right website. I'm not ...
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Like viscoelastic polymers, why there are not storage and loss moduli for cast iron?

Viscoelastic polymers have different paths upon loading and unloading, so there is energy dissipation, so they have storage and loss moduli. Plastic behavior is also shown by cast iron: loading and ...
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Theoretical limits to specific strength with hierarchical structures

Specific strength (measured in units of pressure/density or speed$^2$ which in MKS there is a proposal for labelling it as the Yuri (meter/second)$^2$) is defined as tensile strength divided by ...
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Are there materials with more than two states that can be used in circuit design? [closed]

Are there atoms or materials that have 3 or more states that can be used in circuit design? Can you provide any examples of such materials, and their possible applications to circuit design? And is ...
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Superhydrophobic coating and water friction

If you were to apply super-hydrophobic coating to the hull of ships or even submarines, would you get more or less water friction? If the coating completely repels the water you could argue there ...
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Stresses in materials depend on co-ordinate system of choice, true or not?

I was studying stresses and strains and my professor told me that they depend on the co-ordinate system we choose to represent, he also said that as we rotate the co-ordinate system, shears that were ...
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What is difference between anisotropy and inhomogeinity of this type of composite material?

I am studying some types of composite materials having 2 phases - fibers and matrix. I have some questions and confusions. Any help is appreciated. The composite has fiber along length and I am ...
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Melting diamond and cool down as diamond

Is it possible to melt diamond? And if possible while let it cool will it became diamond again?
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What common materials absorb most infrared light?

I'm competing in a simple robotics competition where most of the participants use reflected infrared light to detect their opponent. I'd like to make my own robot as difficult to see as possible. What ...
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Can I tear apart a pipe with magnetostriction? And how big field should I use?

As I know, with magnetostriction we can "stretch" its unit cell. The stronger is the field, the more it expands the cell. Using alternating current in coils that induce magnetic field we can stretch ...
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What's responsible for dull or sharp sounds in a struck sintered rods?

I've sintered a number of rods from powdered oxide materials, and some of them ring clearly after being struck (not as clear as, say, a metal tube, but clear enough to hear a definite pitch), while ...
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Degree of anisotropy of crystal tensors

Does there exist a scalar that can describe how anisotropic the elasticity of a crystal is? What about other tensors such as the permittivity or susceptibility? I found a Wikipedia article that was ...
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Why nano indentation is used to test bulk material?

I am curious why nano indentation is used? I can understand when material size goes to micros or below, conventional hardening methods can become difficult to use. However many papers say that ...
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How does quantum confinement happen in amorphous or polycrystalline materials?

You can easily find papers where they make a nanostructure (thin film, nanowire, or quantum dot) from methods (ALD, CVD, thermal/egun evaporation) that produce amorphous or polycrystalline structures ...
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Divergence of Cauchy Stress Tensor

On the wikipedia page for the Cauchy Momementum Equation, it's stated that the equation can be written as $$\rho \frac{D\,\textbf{v}}{D\,t} = \nabla \cdot \sigma + \textbf{f}$$ Where $\sigma$ is ...
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Malleability in metals

I am trying to understand malleability in metal as a result of the micro structure. I am focusing on the metals of antiquity (in order of decreased malleability): Gold, Silver, Copper, and Iron. While ...
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Why can thermal shocks damage/break materials?

When an object is heated a lot and then brutally cooled down or vice-versa, it can crack or even break spectacularly. What happens inside that makes it do that? Is it only because the hot core swells ...
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What are some examples of non-Lambertian light scatters/radiators in everyday life?

What are some examples of non-Lambertian light scatters/radiators in everyday life? How to easily demonstrate their difference from Lambertian ones?
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Is there a difference between spring fatigue and plastic deformation in springs?

Is there a difference between spring fatigue and plastic deformation in springs? Plastic deformation means permanent deformation in springs caused due to stretching in springs.
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How to calculate a Mooney-Rivlin material

Well, I'm working on a fsi (fluid-solid/structure interaction) model. I've got ready the fluid part, now I need to get ready the solid part. Since I'm working with tissues, I need to use an ...
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Is ice a type of glass?

It's kind of a tricky concept I assume, on one side you got those neat shared vertices of SiO2, on the other (water) you don't really have shared vertices, only kinda (but they still want to align ...