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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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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Grain boundary sliding in creep

To prevent grain boundary sliding so that creep is less likely to occur, usually engineers would design components of larger grains or have columnar grain structure to prevent grain-boundary sliding. ...
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How much will a round tube deflect under load? [on hold]

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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Semiconductor problem: how much Boron is required to establish a certain amount of charge carrier density

The problem description is as follows: Boron is used to dope 1 kg of germanium (Ge). How much boron (B) is required to establish a charge carrier density of 3.091 x 10^17 / cm^3. One mole of ...
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Why does foam dull knives?

I have recently taken up prop making and just started my first foam-built costume from a video game. These kinds of costume armour builds are often built out of the various foam floor mats you can buy ...
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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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Can a sound like a sonic boom change a object like a wall? And how the light on the walls will be changed after a sound like this? [closed]

Can a sound like a sonic boom change a object like a wall? And how the light on the walls will be changed after a sound like this? .
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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 is the theoretical upper limit on the rigidity of a material?

Take a perfectly rigid metal rod of length $2\ell$ and some uniform linear density. Place one end (‘south’) at $(0,-\ell)$ and the other (‘north’) at $(0, \ell)$. Over some reasonably short time ...
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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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Force problem related to adhesive and bonding

I have two PCBs (printed circuit board), and they are glued by adhesives, as show in the pictures. And the location of the adhesives are indicated on the picture (please notice that NO adhesive is ...
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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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Is it possible that a battery goes flat faster in a cold environment?

I own an old iPod Classic with original lithium-ion polymer battery and I use it primarily while running. Recently I discovered that when a temperature outside is low, usually below 5 C degrees, the ...
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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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What factors cause the velocity saturation to occur at different electric fields for different materials?

In semiconductors the velocity of carriers gets saturated after a certain value of electric field. In silicon it occurs at around $10^4 kV/cm$ and in GaAs at some other value. What factors are ...
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Stress due to the mismatch of thermal expansion coefficients of two different attached materials

I'm simulating the thermo-electro-mechanical behavior of a copper wire which is surrounded by silicon dioxide. In other words, the wire segments is under mechanical and thermal loads and at the same ...
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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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In the wet medium of an ocean, how does a hard shell form? [migrated]

In general, if you were to try make something hard in a liquid medium (especially water) it is quite difficult to make the material solid. Things such as mollusks though, have no problem generating ...
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How absorption coefficient determines which material is used to make solar cells?

Does the knowledge of the material absorption coefficients aids engineers in determining which material to use in their solar cell designs? If yes, how?
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Does infrared rays pass through polarized glass?

Actually I had asked in another post that "Does infrared rays pass through active shutter glass" but someone just commented that infrared rays dont pass through polarized glass. If infrared rays ...
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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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Does glass get stronger the longer its under water?

I was reading the internets and I saw an image of of random facts. Yes, I know, its a humor site, but based on the image item #23 I have some questions. Does glass really get stronger the longer its ...
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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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What temperature will create amorphous TiSi?

At what temperature will create amorphous TiSi? I think it's around 500 Celsius but I'm not sure.
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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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How can one reasonably theoretically model polycrystalline materials?

Many techniques are taught in advanced solid state courses but they are almost all derived for perfectly crystalline materials. For example, band structure really only appears theoretically when you ...
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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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Why do we have Indirect bandgap semiconductor?

If the energy of an electron is proportional to square of the momentum k, how come we have a Indirect Bandgap material in which the minimum of the energy in conduction band is not at k not zero. P.S. ...
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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 and Boiling Points of Odd Materials

In Chemistry, I was taught that there are three main states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas, and that heat and pressure determine that state. For some substances, the line is blurry between them. ...
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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 wet is dark?

When something gets wet, it usually appears darker. This can be observed with soil, sand, cloth, paper, concrete, bricks ... What is the reason for this? How does water soaking into the material ...
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Reduction of Ilmenite [migrated]

I am looking for a process in which reduces ilmenite to pure Titanium with the highest yield possible. We are to use a process of our choice or one that we have created in conjunction with FactSage to ...
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Does induced current affect the permeability of a material?

For electromagnetic wave propagation, we can typically characterize a medium by conductivity $\sigma$, permeability $\mu$, and permittivity $\epsilon$. Consider if this material had current passing ...
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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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Why do pores make ceramic opaque?

I want to know how a ceramic transparency is mostly affected by the pores, grain boundary, second phases etc. present inside of it, but the major contribution is due to the pores. Let's consider the ...
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Is Sapphire crystal flexible?

It is widely rumoured that the next iPhone's screen cover will be a sheet of synthetic Sapphire crystal. A video purporting to show a leaked part has emerged. The chap in the video (Marques Brownlee) ...
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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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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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Is it right to cut a slot on some material before bending?

I made a suggestion to my boss to cut a thin, shallow slot on a metal sheet on the side we wanna make 90°, so that the machine could bend it. However, the outcome was "The metal broke". My boss 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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Hollow gold bar

A scammer got a hollow gold bar and fills it with a combination of lead and air, with the same average density as gold. What's the simplest way of discovering the fraud? I know that x-rays will see ...
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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.