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7: Metals and Alloys - Mechanical Properties

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    • Understand the structure of dislocations and grain boundaries and their role in controlling the mechanical properties of solids.
    • Explain why the mechanical properties of bcc metals and alloys differ from those with close packed structures.
    • Explain the effects of work hardening and annealing on structure and mechanical properties.
    • Explain the mechanical properties of steel in terms of its phase behavior.
    • Understand the structure and mechanical properties of amorphous metals.

    How much do the mechanical properties of metals and alloys vary with processing? The answer is, a great deal.

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