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    Does anyone know an "a level" explanation for why alloys are better than pure metal? Is it something to do with dislocations and stuff? (this is for my physics coursework!)

    Thanks
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    What do you mean by "better than"?
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    (Original post by Stonebridge)
    What do you mean by "better than"?
    stronger... generally more useful.:cool:
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    stronger... generally more useful.:cool:
    Yes it is to do with dislocations.
    Pure metals generally contain a moderate number of dislocations in the crystal structure. These dislocations contribute to the relative weakness of pure metals.
    In an alloy, "foreign" atoms (such as carbon in steel) are introduced into the lattice to inhibit the motion of the dislocations and thus strengthen the material.
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    (Original post by Stonebridge)
    Yes it is to do with dislocations.
    Pure metals generally contain a moderate number of dislocations in the crystal structure. These dislocations contribute to the relative weakness of pure metals.
    In an alloy, "foreign" atoms (such as carbon in steel) are introduced into the lattice to inhibit the motion of the dislocations and thus strengthen the material.
    Thanks!

    Do you know anything about microstructure and mactructure of alloys? I don't really know how to distinguish them... :L
 
 
 

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