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Potential Energy Curves & Material Properties

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Potential energy curves govern the properties of materials. A critical analysis of the potential energy curve helps better understand the properties of the material. Potential energy curve and in turn the properties of any material depend on the composition, bonding, crystal structure, their mechanical processing and microstructure. The type, strength, and directionality of atomic bonding controls the structure and material properties viz., melting temperature, thermal expansion, elastic stiffness, electrical properties, ductility and toughness etc. This paper attempts to bring out the correlation between the potential energy curves with the properties of materials.

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D. Padmavathi, "Potential Energy Curves & Material Properties," Materials Sciences and Applications, Vol. 2 No. 2, 2011, pp. 97-104. doi: 10.4236/msa.2011.22013.


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