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Learning how things fall apart

August 4, 2014

bonded material Materials that are firmly bonded together with epoxy and other tough adhesives are ubiquitous in modern life--from crowns on teeth to modern composites used in construction. Yet it has proved difficult to study how these bonds fracture and fail. Now researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to study these bonding failures directly, revealing the crucial role of moisture in setting the stage for failure.    Full Story

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