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So who cares about dendrites and dendrite solidification? If you’re an auto manufacturer facing a mandate to radically increase the fuel economy of your cars, you care a lot. Or if you’re working on new jet engines and need to cut some pounds while increasing durability. Actually, if you rely on any alloy that has to have those …


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  1. Richard Ball


    Materials science modelling has come on a bit since I was a student.

    It's good to see that, as well as stooping down to stories about pointless nobodies who do absolutely nothing, the Reg can also reach over to touch other engineering-type areas.

    I remember coming to realise as a student (who had to sit in materials lectures) that materials science: 1. existed; 2. mattered loads whatever it is you're making; and 3. was even really interesting to an engineer who wanted to create good stuff.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thanks for the dumbed-down explanation, not.

    >"This structure comes about when the substance changes form from a liquid (like the liquid metal in a Terminator T-1000) to a solid."

    Everyone's already familiar with the idea that metal melts when you heat it up and solidifies when the molten metal cools down, so there was no need to muddy the waters by referring to an imaginary material which frankly does not exhibit the real-world properties of either the solid or the liquid phase of matter; you're not making anything any clearer.

    1. mr.K


      Admit it, you are trolling for a hug, aren't you?

      You could just ask you know.

      <BIG HUG>

      1. Esskay


        Not sure what it's like under your bridge, but here in Sydney the sun's out, it's Saturday morning and I'm about to finish work after reading a great story about a breakthrough in the imaging of fine crystal structure in metals.

        Have another one.


  3. Lusty
    Paris Hilton

    I know it's a serious article but...

    Why has "Tokyo Institute of Technology researchers" not been abbreviated in true el Reg fashion?

    Paris is a TIT researcher too :)

    1. Elmer Phud

      "Paris is a TIT researcher too"

      Erm, maybe not.

      It would appear from her cinematic ouvre that it is others who are doing the research most of the time. (or so I've heard)

  4. Silverburn

    Boffinry FTW...

    God, I love shit like this. This has got the lot - hardcore maths (note the 's' btw), massive computing, funky graphics and groovy super-perfect alloys for the future.

    Nice one chaps.

  5. Drew V.

    If I had to guess the topic just from the pictures and the word "Japan", I would have said "boffins create even more sophisticated 3D hentai tentacle pornography rendering engine...toast of otaku commuity..."

  6. James Green

    Equation Correction

    The term you've described as the chemical driving force is actually the third part of the surface anisotropy and the driving force is the term to the right.

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