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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What is the strongest material transparent to alpha radiation?

Is there a material which is transparent to alpha radiation while being able to hold up under atmospheric pressure on one side and ultra high vacuum on the other? Put simply, what material is thin ...
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How can I estimate the density of non-ideal vapor mixtures

I am trying to estimate the density of a non-ideal gas mixture and can't seem to find any resources for how to go about this. For some gas pairs like ammonia-water there are empirical correlations ...
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Does an iron rich substance stay magnetised?

I am doing research (i.e. playing around) with a dry magnet and a material that has about 10% contained iron. The balance of the material is non-magnetic (i.e. silica and non-magnetic metals). It is ...
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Why does carbon help with electron transfer in a dye sensitized solar cell?

what property of carbon(soot) makes it easier for electron transfer within a dye sensitized solar cell?
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Can a building get taller at night?

UberFacts recently tweeted "Office buildings are taller at night—a 1,300-foot-tall skyscraper shrinks about 1.5 millimeters under the weight of 50,000 occupants." Is what they are saying valid? It ...
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Could a Jumbo Jet aircraft fly on paper wings?

My dad was an airline pilot and, during his training, his instructor told him that, in absolutely ideal conditions, (in practice obviously impossible) that the actual material composing the wing ...
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Why don't HCP metals have a brittle-to-ductile temperature transition?

I thought it had to do with the amount of slip systems...because BCC doesn't have as many slip planes, it cracks at low temperatures, while FCC has enough slip planes that it is not dependent upon ...
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Heat Retention of Wine

This may seem odd and lengthy but I am going to attempt to consolidate my thoughts as much as possible. I'm sorry in advance for the length of my post and if this is confusing. I am currently ...
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materials that can render Bluetooth useless

i'm currently preparing some experiments about using Bluetooth in real life. And to make the data more vary, i need some materials that can really giving side effects to Bluetooth functionality. i've ...
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Fundamental frequency of a material and its Young's modulus

I wonder if there is a connection between fundamental frequency and Young's modulus of a material. For example, how to calculate the Young's modulus of a glass bar by knowing its frequency spectrum?
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Ozone elimination

I have a potential problem with airflow through a high voltage capacitively coupled RF discharge (in a tube) producing ozone. How can I remove ozone from the airflow? The use of liquids is not ...
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Exponential tower

I wanted to derive the formula for the equal strength exponential tower (more or less the compressive equivalent of a vertical Catenary) I was hoping I could get some validation on the reasoning, or ...
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Why is the surface of the Moon white?

Why is the surface of the Moon white? Rather, what makes the surface white?
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Dimensional scaling of structural stiffness

Consider a beam of some material with Young modulus $E$, the axial stiffness of the beam is given by the expression $$k = \frac{A E}{L}$$ where $A$ is cross-sectional area of the beam, and L is the ...
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How does stress change through a bar that sharply increases in diameter?

I am looking to analyse the stress through the following bar: The bar is of circular cross section, homogeneous in material, that is of a certain diameter on one half, and a large diameter on the ...
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With a machete, why is a diagonal cut more effective than a right angle one?

When cutting back some thick growth in the garden a question that always nagged me. Why is cutting diagonally seemingly more effective than cutting at right angles? Part of the answer is obviously to ...
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Physical cause of Negative Permittivity

What is the physical cause behind a material having a negative real part of its dielectric function? Given the complex permittivity, $\epsilon(\omega)=\epsilon(\omega)'+i\epsilon(\omega)''$, the Drude ...
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Does Silver posses a color or Is it colorless reflection? [duplicate]

Why is silver said to have a color whereas water is not? Water is colorless because is allows penetration of light and doesn't reflect a colored wavelength, whereas Silver reflects light from its ...
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is there any element or material that ionized when pressure is applied to it?

I want to know if there is any material, that produce free electrons and ions when it undergoes to high pressure.
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Are there limits for the speed of sound? A maximum or a minimum only?

The speed of sound in materials of various states of matter differs a lot. But does it have fundamental limits? Is there a maximal possible speed of sound? Is there a minimal possible speed of ...
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Gough-Joule effect in rubber band

When a stretched rubber band is heated, surprisingly, its tension will increase. What is the physics behind this?! Another thing. The Entropic spring model says, for a good specimen, that the ...
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Why does not the optical fiber break? [duplicate]

Glass is a very fragile object. So why does not the optical fiber break? Everytime I take them, I am worried about this problem.
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How are lattice parameters determined from reciprocal space maps?

It seems that the papers speak of reciprocal space maps with very high praise because of its ability to study strain in epitaxial films and determine the amount of relaxation. Also one can determine ...
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Forces of suction in WIllie Wonka's Chocolate Factory (filmed 2005 starring Johnny Depp) [closed]

Before I begin the question: I am in no way judging this movie, just happened to be casually watching it and saw the scene (referred to below) and thought to post this question. The scene: Boy falls ...
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Mechanism of failure for sudden application of force with no supports?

Just as an example to my question here, suppose one goes clay pigeon shooting. The bullets fracture the clay pigeons and I'm curious as to how this (or any other fracture where there is sudden loading ...
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Does hardening reduce the ductility of a metal?

Is hardening equivalent with reducing the ductility of a metal and improving the yield strength of it?
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How to achieve transmission only at normal incidence?

Is there any material that only transmits normally incident radiation and reflects it when it's incident at any other angle? Or any way to achieve such an effect? For example, a mirror that if you ...
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Is strain always relative to some initial state?

Let us say I am given a material with no knowledge about its history. Can I somehow calculate its strain ? Or a strain is always relative to some initial state (change in length/initial length) ?
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How to simulate “inside-out” geometries of a structure?

How can I simulate the structural deformation of a physical material to find all possible "stable" inside out forms? For example, some dome shaped rubber caps can be pushed inside out, like the ...
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How “steady” are screw threads?

I have a setup whereby two stainless steel end caps screw into a similar tube about 100mm in length and 25mm internal diameter. Thread is fairly standard, and is finger tight. The question is: ...
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Why Pt is used as counter electrodes in Dye sensitized solar cells

Why Pt is used as counter electrodes in Dye sensitized solar cells.What are the properties of Pt to be a electrode material. ...
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Why does glue stretch straighter than string?

So I have some bottles of lemonade and I peeled the labels off both of them, revealing the glue underneath. When these bottles were next to each other the glue stuck. I pulled them apart and it forms ...
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How is spring steel so hard?

The mechanical properties of a steel object are influenced by the metal composition, the manufacturing process, and the final heat treatment of the object. Spring steel is a steel that was heat ...
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What does temperature coefficient of resistance depend on?

I tried looking up on Google if there was an expression for the temperature coefficient of resistance(TCR) of a material in terms of other fundamental factors, but couldn't find any. Specifically I am ...
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What are the physical optical limitations photonic metamaterials can offer?

Modern technology has introduced new photonic metamaterials that can extend optical properties beyond what standard materials can offer. For example a negative index of refraction is now possible ...
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Internal heating effects of a circuit element?

The heat-up of a solid circuit component in an electric circuit (for which no chemical reactions, phase changes reactions or other stuctural changes take place) may include: Joule heating $\dot ...
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What physical parameters are really being described when a rope manufacturer cites “elongation %”?

I have a precision pulley system sensitive to micron displacements. I am having issues because I need a cord with low tensioning force, but also low stretch. I am getting some weird hysteresis in the ...
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Overloading stresses wooden planks beyond their elastic range, causing them to fail? [closed]

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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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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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 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 ...