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Measuring the Immeasurable: New Study Links Heat Transfer, Bond Strength of Materials

April 13, 2009

heat transfer, bond strength of materials The speed at which heat moves between two materials touching each other is a potent indicator of how strongly they are bonded to each other, according to a new study by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Additionally, the study shows that this flow of heat from one material to another, in this case one solid and one liquid, can be dramatically altered by "painting" a thin atomic layer between materials. Full Story

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