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Questions related to the design of materials (cost-effectiveness, functionality, fabrication procedures, etc.)

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Artificial muscles and their efficiency

Most of the artificial muscles are based on either pneumatic power or nylon fibers being heated so they contract. These methods consume more energy than what can be utilized. Likewise, in early days ...
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How to explain Density Functional Theory results to an experimentalist?

When we present our Density Functional Theory simulation results e.g. lattice parameters, stacking fault energies, band gaps, etc. to people who are experimentalists then the very first question ...
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Separation of valence bands in transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs)

The image below refers to a phenomenon that occurs in TMDCs (transition metal dichalcogenides) monolayers that allowed the development of valleytronics. Why are there separate bands of different ...
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How can I draw the energy bands for the first and second zones of Brillouin? Is it conductor or insulator? [closed]

I want to draw the energy ($E$) diagrams for a simple cubic cell of parameter $a$, where each atom provides two electrons for the almost free electron levels for planes [100], [110] and [111]. I ...
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What are the possible applications of DIC (digital image correlation) in mechanical testing and the field of materials science?

I would like to know about possible applications of DIC in mechanical testing and the field of materials science, when I search there is the general topics of DIC usages, but I would like to know ...
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How is the phase degradation of concrete modeled? [closed]

Acid attack in concrete is a problem in sewage structures. The phases degrade with the pH change at different pH values. The conditions in sewers is complex: The presence of a combination of acids, ...
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Where is this extra plane coming from?

Why are there solid lines drawn connecting the solid circles after twinning has taken place? Ideally, that explains a real plane, isn't it? But why are we going to get a plane out of nothing if we ...
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Has DFT helped in development of better solar materials?

I would like to pursue a Masters degree in Materials Science and more focused towards solar materials to make it more efficient and reducing the energy payback time. I had taken this course and was ...
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Is it possible to install thermo_pw on windows 10?

For research purpose, my team needs to use thermo_pw package for ab-initio simulations. But the issue we are running into is that we cannot find a way to install it on our computer. We are using ...
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A doubt about extended dislocation

I wonder why this phenomenon occurs: "Unlike unextended screw dislocations, the extended screw dislocations define a specific slip plane, the {111} plane of the fault and it will be constrained ...
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Doubt in Raoultian and Henrian Standard State

$Si(liq)=Si_\text{(1 wt% Fe)}$ Can you describe what is going on here?All that they ask for is change in Gibbs free energy for the process.I am completely unable to figure why this particular model is ...
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Would the increase in cost, of a double-sided whiteboard, make it worth it to engineer such a device?

I wonder whether or not it would be useful to design and construct a double-sided Whiteboard (i.e. the front and back sides can both be used)? The cost of the Whiteboard product would increase, but ...
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Has there been research on improving the strength of graphene-based materials?

I read that brittle materials tend to have an observed strength much less than its theoretical strength because they tend to have surface cracks and whatever tension is applied gets greatly magnified ...