Today’s #materialssciencemonday post is inspired by the presentation I’m working on for a class! My master’a research has involved the study of high strength steel wires and how they perform under pulling (tension) and twisting (torsion) loads and this presentation took my literature review to a greater depth regarding industrial processing. Each step in the process-from 12 inch bars to wires as fine as a millimeter – can dramatically impact the next step in the process (please excuse my mix in units 😋). It takes a lot of heavy machinery and moving parts to form something that appears so simple as wire, meaning there is a lot of potential to create a defect that would make the material unusable by customers and consumers. It is our job as researchers and engineers to limit these defects and to make a good product! The result of all this work? The highest strengths achievable by steel!
So what does that all mean for you? The wires with the highest quality after processing can be found in our everyday lives in applications such as bridge cables, fencing, and ski lift cables! So next time you’re driving over a bridge, through farmland, or riding up a chair lift on the slopes, take a look at the high strength wire and appreciate the thin, yet incredibly strong wires that are keeping our world running!
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