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Alloys go with the grain

How do metallic alloys solidify from their original liquid state? A study of the deformation of cooling alloys confirms what had been suspected for some time: solidifying alloys bear exciting similarities to granular materials.

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Figure 1: Through the mushy zone.

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Martin, C. Alloys go with the grain. Nature 445, 34–35 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/445034a

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