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Modeling the Breaking Points of Metallic Glasses

Metallic glass alloys (or liquid metals) are three times stronger than the best industrial steel, but can be molded into complex shapes with the same ease as plastic. These materials are highly resistant to scratching, denting, shattering and corrosion. Mathematical methods developed by Berkeley Lab researcher Christopher Rycroft of the Computational Research Division help explain why liquid metals have wildly different breaking points, depending on how they are made.