ASU Research Points Way to Designing Crack-resistant Metals

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July 9, 2015 | Source: Arizona State University

Sometimes looking at something at the smallest scale can lead to solutions to big problems.

A recent study into the interactions of metal alloys at the nanometer and atomic scales is likely to aid advances in preventing the failure of systems critical to public and industrial infrastructure.

Research led by Arizona State University materials science and engineering professor Karl Sieradzki is uncovering new knowledge about the causes of stress-corrosion cracking in alloys used in pipelines for transporting water, natural gas and fossil fuels – as well as for components used in nuclear-power-generating stations and the framework of aircraft.

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