materials, strength of: see strength of materials.

Study of the properties of solid materials and how those properties are determined by the material's composition and structure, both macroscopic and microscopic. Materials science grew out of solid-state physics, metallurgy, ceramics, and chemistry, since the numerous properties of materials cannot be understood within the context of any single discipline. With a basic understanding of the origins of properties, materials can be selected or designed for an enormous variety of applications, from structural steels to computer microchips. Materials science is therefore important to many engineering fields, including electronics, aerospace, telecommunications, information processing, nuclear power, and energy conversion. Seealso mechanics, metallography, strength of materials, testing machine.

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A lamella is a gill-shaped structure: fine sheets of material held adjacent one another, with fluid in-between-(or simply 'welded'-plates). They appear in biological and engineering contexts, such as filters and heat exchangers. The microscopic structures in bone and nacre are lamellae in the materials science sense of the word.

In chemistry (especially mineralogy and materials science), lamellar structures are fine layers, alternating between different materials. They can be produced by chemical effects (as in eutectic solidification), biological means, or a deliberate process of lamination, such as pattern welding. Lamellae can also describe the layers of atoms in the crystal lattice of a material such as a metal.

The term has been used to describe the construction of lamellar armour, as well as the layered structures that can be described by a lamellar vector field.

In a water-treatment context, Lamellae filters may be referred to as plate filters or tube filters.

This term is used to describe a certain type of Ichthyosis, a congenital skin condition. Lamellar Ichthyosis often presents with a "colloidal" membrane at birth. It is characterized by generalized dark scaling.

The term -lamella- or -lamellae- is also used in the flooring industry to describe the finished top-layer of an engineered wood floor, usually the desired species. E.G. An engineered walnut floor will have several layers of other species of wood and a top walnut lamellae.


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