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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Mathematical expression of energy storage

I'm trying to develop an idea which is as follows. Put simply, imagine a flat sheet of material which, when distorted (I.e. curved in the third dimension) stores energy. Now, by calculating the ...
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Speed of sound in solid — temperature dependence

Let $v$ denote the speed of sound in a fixed solid, at a fixed temperature $T$. This will depend on properties of the solid (such as the bulk modulus and density). Given an increase in $T$, does $v$ ...
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Penetration of armor plate

Is there a simple mathematical expression for the stopping power of a given thickness of armor, given the thickness of armor plate, the radius of a cannon ball, the density of the cannonball and the ...
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Crack pattern of safety glass - what gives rise to spider web-like shape

When (laminated) security or shatter-proof glass fractures, the ensuing crack-pattern is often resembling a spider web, with radial and concentric cracks, see e.g. (Source: http://essentialhommemag....
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How do signals go through solid objects? [on hold]

So many types of signals pass, or seem to pass I don't know, through solid objects. How do they do this?
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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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Why does wood go straight into ignition, while other materials melt first?

Background: I was cooking eggs (very difficult) with a plastic spatula which was not very good, so when I set it on the border of the pan it began melting. In order to keep cooking, I reached for a ...
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Why do headphones tangle themselves whereas shoe laces untie themselves?

Why do headphones tangle themselves whereas shoe laces untangle or untie themselves? Why aren't we using the phenomenon to create headphones that tangle less and shoe laces that untie less?
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Why are ceramics good electric insulators?

I know it depends a lot on the composition, so not all are great electric insulators. So what makes it good or bad? And is it different from what makes them good thermal insulators? Power line ...
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What is plastic flow?

I read in a book named Introduction To Tribology that when a soft material is in contact with hard material, the soft surface will undergo a plastic flow because it is pressed by the hard asperities ...
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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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What is blocking the magnetic field of this neodymium magnet?

I opened up my hard drive and pulled out (among other things) the top and bottom braces for the reading arm. Each bracket contains a really powerful neodymium affixed to its underside. When the ...
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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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Is it possible for an object to have low specific heat capacity and low thermal conductivity?

As I see, there are many examples of object with low specific heat capacity and high thermal conductivity and vice versa. Since they are different properties of matter and their definitions are not ...
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Derive equation for shear modulus $G=E/(1+2v)$

Shear modulus, G Young's modulus, E and Poisson's ratio, v: $G=E/(1+2v)$ I have always wondered how this relation is derived, but have never found a derivation that I could follow online. I assume ...
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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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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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why do microscopic cracks happen?

2 weeks ago i asked a question about " Gas permeation through solid metal? " i have got a very good answer here .but microscopic crack was mentioned in the answer. i searched in Internet but i didnt ...
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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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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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Does the thickness of a rubber sheet affect the tensile strength?

I'm really confused which thickness of rubber sheet I should choose. Does the thickness affect the tensile strength and elongation in any way? Is there any relationship between them?
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Third-order susceptibilities of metals?

Can anyone point me to a source for measurements of the third-order nonlinear electric susceptibilities $\chi^{(3)}$ of various metals? Specifically in relation to the AC Kerr effect, so measurements ...
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What can justify the decrease of the electrical conductivity with the increase of light intensity?

I have currently been working with a sample that "appears to" decrease its resistance when I cover it and protect it from light. Basically it presents the opposite behaviour of a photoresistor. What ...
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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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About elongation produced in a body, when 2 forces of equal magnitude but opp. in direction are applied on a body

When 2 oppositely- directed forces are applied on the same body , they act at the body's center of mass(com). The vector sum of the forces thus becomes 0(zero). How do the forces then bring about ...
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Why does temperature change the friction coefficient of my stovetop?

I have a Ceran cooking field at home, it's a glass-ceramic surface with heating coils embedded beneath. When I slide a pan around there's much more friction on a hot plate than on a cool one. Why? ...
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Sonic boom breaking glass

It's a well known fact that a sonic boom from something such as concord can shatter glass. I'm interested to know why a human is seemingly fine in the presence of the shockwave and yet the glass is ...
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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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Why does paper explode when compressed?

Various videos online show paper/card suddenly releasing energy in an explosion like way and transforming into a brittle material when put under sufficient pressure from presses. Examples are shown ...
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What happened to this folded paper in a hydraulic press?

The video below apparently shows a man folding an A3 size piece of paper 7 times, putting it under the hydraulic press each time. After 7 folds, on the last press, the paper sort of explodes. What's ...
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Gas permeation through solid metal?

if i make a box from aluminum ( 0,5 mm thickness ) and put air in it ( about 2 bar or 3 bar). would the box lose the air over time (10 years period) or not ? assuming the temperature will change ...
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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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Effectiveness of phase-change materials vs water for heat storage?

I'm trying to understand the benefit of specialized phase-change materials vs. water for absorbing heat in a home during the day. It's my understanding that selecting phase-change materials whose ...
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High surface area for given volume [closed]

What can be a example similar to mathematical Koch flake that could be found in nature... where for a given enclosed volume its surface area is indefinitely large?
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Poisson's ratio and change in volume

The Poisson's ratio $\nu$ is always less than $0.5$. A traction force ($\Delta L >0$) can cause an increase in volume, while a compression force ($\Delta L <0$) can only decrease the volume. $$...
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Optical Retroreflectors: How Are the Faces So Accurately Righted?

This question is about Optical Retroreflectors (corner cubes) and how the extreme precision in their manufacturing is achieved. I suspect there is interesting basic physics involved, which is why the ...
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Determining a constant from two equations [closed]

I am an engineering undergraduate taking a materials science module and i am having some trouble with the mathematical execution of the following question: Determine the constant in the equation for ...
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P-n junction diode under forward bias configuration

Why there is exponential growth in current with respect to voltage in p-n junction diode under forward bias configuration?
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Is diamagnetism a static or dynamic effect?

When we put a diamagnetic material in the presence of an external magnetic field $\vec B_0$, the magnetic field inside the material decreases to $$\vec B=(1+\chi_m)\vec B_0,$$ where the magnetic ...
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Glass pipe cutting

I want to know how to quickly create the straightest possible breaks in glass pipes I apologise if this is only borderline suitable for a physics forum - I just hope experts with a lot of experience ...
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Why chromium is more brittle than iron at room temperature?

Why is chromium more brittle than iron? I understand that both of them are BCC at room temperature. Is it to do with the grain size, and why is it different between the two metals?
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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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Why is paper more frangible when it is wet?

My four-year-old daughter asked me why paper tends to fall apart when wet, and I wasn't sure. I speculated that the water lubricates the paper fibers so that they can untangle and separate more ...
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Breaking strength of wet paper/cloth

In the Hollywood movie, Shanghai Knights (pardon me for the non scientific citation), Jackie Chan states that 'wet cloth' does not break easily. How true a fact is this ? We know from common ...
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Why a bullet leaves a hole on glass where stone makes scratch?

When we throw a stone it breaks the glass with scratches. But when a bullet hits the glass it leaves a small hole(not always) . I want to know the specific reason behind making hole and scratch.
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Why does melted agarose in solution appear fully transparent, but become opaque when polymerized?

Agarose gels (hydrogels) are commonly used in molecular biology for electrophoresis of DNA. When a solution of hot agarose is poured, the material is clear: When a gel forms, the material ...
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How does one go about designing a substrate heater for PVD? I need to design one that can go till 1000 C in Oxygen.

Can I just use a Kanthal wire and make a pattern on a ceramic base? Wouldn't such an exposed element get shorted when I use substrates like Silicon? But wouldn't a layer of ceramic on top of the ...
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Inflating a balloon (expansion resistance)

I am doing a quick calculation on how to calculate the pressure needed to inflate a perfectly spherical balloon to a certain volume, however I have difficulties with the fact that the balloon (rubber) ...
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What limits the maximum sustainable surface charge density of a sphere in space?

Suppose I charge a sphere and leave it in vacuum for 10 years. After that time, I want its surface charge density to be in the order of 10^5C/m^2. Would that be possible? Would it depend on the ...
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Springs and Cantilevers - how linear and repeatable are they under deformation?

I know you guys only deal with the ideal, but in practice how linear and repeatable is the response of a spring or cantilever when deformed under a test mass?