Wire and Temperature to Break
Name: James W.
Does a change in temperature have any effect on the
breaking strain of a steel wire?
The short answer is: Yes, metals become more brittle as the temperature is
lowered. Just how brittle depends on many factors, some of which are:
the composition of the steel, impurities in the metal, defects in the
metal's lattice, the thermal history of the metal.... the list is long.
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Update: June 2012