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Strength of Materials: Ductile & Brittle Material

Ductile & Brittle Material

A material can be considered either ductile or brittle. The main difference between a ductile and a brittle material is a ductile material can deform a lot more than a brittle material, which means it can absorb more energy. However, a brittle materials typically can handle large applied loads before they break.

Temperature can also effect a material. Normally, warmer temperatures will cause a material to become more ductile, while a colder temperature can cause materials to become more brittle.

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