Water (Its Volume Expansion Upon Freezing)

Upon freezing (i.e., transforming from a liquid to a solid upon cooling), most substances experience an increase in density (or, correspondingly, a decrease in volume). Continue reading

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Carbonated Beverage Containers

One common item that presents some interesting material property requirements is the container for carbonated beverages. Continue reading

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Liberty Ship Failures

The following case study illustrates one role that materials scientists and engineers are called upon to assume in the area of materials performance: analyze mechanical failures, determine their causes, and then propose appropriate measures to guard against future incidents. Continue reading

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