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Brown University Scientists Discover New Principle in Material Science

April 7, 2010

necklace-like patterns of crystal defects A research team led by Brown University engineers has discovered a new mechanism that governs the peak strength of nanostructured metals. The team found that the deformation of nanotwinned metals is characterized by the motion of highly ordered, necklace-like patterns of crystal defects called dislocations. The finding, published in Nature, could lead to stronger and more ductile metals. Full Story

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