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Voids are present, at some level, in all solids; their pervasiveness makes it highly important to understand the subject from practical scientific and engineering standpoints. Even in the most engineered “dense” materials, defects, such as voids, will limit the design opportunities of real structures.

This book provides the following features:

  • Describes in detail both intrinsic and intentional voids in solids
  • Answers how and why voids are introduced into materials across a range of length scales: from nanometer to macroscale
  • Explores how material properties change with size, distribution, and amount of voids and looks at the implications for product design
  • Describes in depth the processing, properties, and applications of cellular solids (foams)
  • Describes a variety of techniques used to characterize voids in solids

Materials and Reaction —nanoFOAM

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The video illustrates a method of self-sustaining combustion synthesis reaction yielding a transition metal foam with nanometer scale porosity.  Staff members at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) invented the process and the precursor materials. nanoFOAMs produced by LANL include iron, cobalt, copper and silver. (Used with permission from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA)

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