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Can Glass Be Stronger Than Metal ?

A common problem with structural materials is that they are often prone to cracking when they are heated at high temperatures. UC Berkeley Professor of Material Science, Robert Ritchie has invented, what he believes is the strongest material in the world, a new form of metallic glass. Ritchie focuses on materials that are structurally robust and resistant to fracture. He does much of his research with electron microscopes and xrays, by performing tests on how materials break and noting how they fail. Although he believes that there is much more research to be done for widespread application, his research offers a promising note.

Could this be our answer to earthquake resistant buildings and bridges?

Watch the videos to learn more about the properties of metallic glass.

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