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Name: Rahul
Status: student
Grade: other
Country: India
Date: Summer 2010

How is malleability measured?

Hi Rahul,

Malleability, which is the ability of a substance (usually a metal) to be deformed under compressive stress without cracking or fracturing, is generally not directly measured. A malleable metal, for example, will be capable of being rolled, hammered, or otherwise flattened into thin sheets. Gold, which is the most malleable metal, is capable of being rolled or hammered into sheets only a relatively few atoms thick. Other metals have lesser degrees of malleability

Because there is no definitive way to directly measure malleability, this property is generally rated by comparing the malleability of a metal or other substance with that of other known metals.

Bob Wilson

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