Podcasts

Podcasts

To help bring materials information to future engineers and scientists, ASM asked its newest members — University Student Material Advantage members — to pass along their knowledge onto middle school students. To this end, ASM International started Materials Radio, a series of podcasts on materials and their uses.

  • The podcasts are mp3 files that can be played on your computer or downloaded

  • All of the podcasts are between two and four minutes long

  • Materials Around Us podcasts focus on items students see and touch

  • Science of Materials podcasts focus on basic materials concepts and properties

Any questions or suggestions – email us at materialsradio@asminternational.org.

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August 20, 2010
Author: Ryan Satcher, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Materials Advantage Chapter

A catchy song about ferrofluid- a strange black fluid that morphs into different shapes when exposed to a magnetic field.

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February 20, 2009
Author: Zach Gilmore, Tina Trivett, Ben Chvojicek, Casey Collins, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Material Advantage Chapter

Windmills look like really big fans. They are being built all over the Midwest on farms. The energy the windmills make goes into the power grid, while giving off no harmful by-product.

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January 27, 2009
Author: Kimberly Cellucci, Jessica Jackson, Clemson University Material Advantage Chapter

Toilets are made through a process called slip casting. Slip casting starts with a mixture called 'slurry'. This slurry is made up of clay, feldspar, silica and water.

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January 20, 2009
Author: Kelsi Hurly, George Mayer, University of Washington Material Advantage Chapter

Adhesives are substances that hold two materials together. Adhesives are useful because they attach two materials that would normally not be able to stick together. Without them things would fall apart and life would be more difficult.

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January 20, 2009
Author: Colleen Elliott, Seth Carter, Mitch Pettigrew, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Material Advantage Chapter

Golf is not just a past-time, it is a subject of science and technology. Golfing has come a long way from the early days of hitting stones into rabbit holes. Researchers today are still trying to find new materials and machining processes to enable hitting a golf ball a few extra yards.

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January 20, 2009
Author: Michael Burris, Brian Yount, Jonathan Rogers, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Material Advantage Chapter

Memory foam is made out of viscoelastic memory cells. Now you're probably asking yourself, "What does viscoelastic mean?" Viscoelastic is actually a compound word stemming from the words viscous and elastic. Something which is viscoelastic is kind of like both.

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January 20, 2009
Author: Michael Rossol, University of Washington Material Advantage Chapter

The world is made up of three main types of materials: polymers, ceramics and metals. When two or more types are combined, a composite is formed. Composites are special as they combine the advantages of the materials they are made out of to form better materials.

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January 20, 2009
Author: Kalan Kucera, University of Kentucky Material Advantage Chapter

Learn about the materials selection process and production of the aluminum pyramid that sits atop the Washington Monument.

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January 20, 2009
Author: Matthew Cox, Fred Freers, Mike Schoumacher, Chris Wlezien, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Material Advantage Chapter

The four basic types of materials are explained: metals, ceramics, polymers, composites. Listeners of this podcast should be able to obtain an introductory understanding of these material types.

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January 20, 2009
Author: Dirk DeGroot, Michael Rossol, University of Washington Material Advantage Chapter

Glass can be found all around us. It is not only used around the house, but is very important to scientists and engineers around the world. Like most materials, the properties of glass are greatly affected by how it was made.

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