USC scientists have developed a material that is incredibly hard but also elastic, making it potentially useful for applications ranging from drill bits and body armor to meteor-resistant satellite casints.
Engineers have created a new material with an unusual chemical structure that makes it incredibly hard yet elastic. The material can withstand heavy impacts without deforming; even when pushed beyond its elastic limits, it doesn’t fracture, but instead retains most of its original strength.
Researchers at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) have created an “instruction manual” for developing metallic glass, an ultra-tough yet flexible alloy described as the most significant materials science innovation since plastic.
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