Latest Brittleness Stories
When deciding what materials to use in building something, determining how those materials respond to stress and strain is often the first task.
Researchers have found a way to determine whether glass will be brittle, or will have the ability to bend without breaking.
Thin gold wires often used in high-end electronic applications are wonderfully flexible as well as conductive.
A world premiere: a material which changes its strength, virtually at the touch of a button.
A team of researchers have increased the toughness of ceramic composites by using graphene reinforcements that enable new fracture resistance mechanisms in the ceramic.
Nacre, commonly known as mother-of-pearl, is the iridescent material lining many mollusk shells.
Amorphous palladium-based alloy demonstrates unprecedented level of combined toughness and strength; could be of use in biomedical implants.
A new type of damage-tolerant metallic glass, demonstrating a strength and toughness beyond that of any known material, has been developed and tested by a collaboration of researchers.
Scientists have made synthetic â€˜sea shellsâ€™ from a mixture of chalk and polystyrene cups â€“ and produced a tough new material that could make our homes and offices more durable.
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed a way to make some notoriously brittle materials ductileâ€”yet stronger than everâ€”simply by reducing their size.
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