Structural materials

Structural materials are materials used or studied primarily for their mechanical properties, as opposed to their electronic, magnetic, chemical or optical characteristics. This can include a materials response to an applied force, whether this response is elastic or plastic, its hardness, and its strength.

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    | Open Access

    Diluting a base element with small amounts of another has served as the basis for developing alloys for thousands of years since the advent of bronze. Today, a fundamentally new idea where alloys have no single dominant element is giving new traction to materials discovery.

    • D. B. Miracle
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Georg Bednorz, together with Karl Alexander Müller, discovered high-temperature superconductivity (HTS) in ceramics, for which they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1987. Christine Horejs talks to Georg Bednorz about the successes and challenges of his research on HTS, applications of HTS materials, and the key ingredients for scientific discoveries.

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    The mechanics of many materials can be modelled by a network of balls connected by springs. A bottom-up approach based on differential geometry now captures changes in mechanics upon network growth or merger, going beyond the linear deformation regime.

    • A. Souslov
    •  & V. Vitelli
    Nature Physics 15, 623-624