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Amorphization-mediated plasticity

Amorphization can be an additional mechanism to assist plastic deformation in crystalline materials, providing a strategy to improve the load-bearing ability of brittle materials.

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Fig. 1: Brittle-to-ductile amorphous shear bands in the binary Al–Sm system.


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Zhao, S., Wu, X. Amorphization-mediated plasticity. Nat. Mater. 22, 1057–1058 (2023).

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