Leading the Charge
New research led by Case Western Reserve University indicates that tiny holes and cracks in a material -- changes in the microstructure -- can control how the material becomes electrically charged through friction. The research is a step toward understanding and, ultimately, managing the charging process for specific uses and to increase safety, the researchers say.
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