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July 5, 2024

3D photoelastic particles light up and change color under force

3D-imaged photoelastic particles light up and change color under an external force. Researchers developed a method that enables detailed 3D experiments that can reveal how forces are transmitted through irregularly shaped granular materials.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant CMMI 1933416.]

Learn more in the MIT news story With a new experimental technique, MIT engineers probe the mechanisms of landslides and earthquakes. (Date of image: Unknown; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: July 8, 2024)

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