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Material Selection Charts

This collection of two dimensional material property charts gives a good overview of the various qualities of different materials, from diamond to titanium to oak.

You can find some counterintuitive facts here. For example, silicon (the stuff computer chips are made of) is both stronger and stiffer than titanium. However, it lacks "toughness", the ability to absorb energy before cracking. (I guess that's why fighter jets aren't made of silicon.)

The charts compare density, toughness, elongation, cost, max temperature, stiffness, among other things.

(The JavaScript rollovers are a bit touchy; the mouse cursor has to be directly over specific words in the images.)



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