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Penn researchers 'design for failure' with model material


February 6, 2014

a map of a portion of the material Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have devised a method to study stress at the macro and micro scales at the same time using a model system in which microscopic particles stand in for molecules. This method has allowed the researchers to demonstrate an unusual hybrid behavior in their model material: A reversible rearrangement of its particles that nevertheless has the characteristics of plastic deformation on the macroscale. Full Story

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