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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November 01, 2007
Author: Andrea Dangelewicz, Clemson University Materials Advantage Chapter

Have you ever looked at cars and said, that car's a nice color, but that other one is terrible? Or you wish you could just change the color for a day, perhaps on game day of your favorite football team? Well, that may soon be possible. Scientists have recently developed a "paramagnetic paint" coating that can change color at the push of a button.

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November 01, 2007
Author: Ben Lauer and Jeremy Norris, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Materials Advantage Chapter

They're bright, they're loud, and they make you go oooohhh or ahhhh. The spectacle of fireworks is contained in their mysterious colors and sounds. These colors are created by using a variety of metallic compounds in the fireworks.

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November 01, 2007
Author: Alex Miller, Boise State University Materials Advantage Chapter

Materials engineers often handle problems involving materials selection for challenging applications. These situations range from many day-to-day uses to some of the most extreme environments on the planet. For example, jet engine turbines rotate at very high speeds and operate at temperatures near 1000 deg C.

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November 01, 2007
Author: Michael Spector, University of Washington

You are probably familiar with magnets and electricity. Did you know that magnets and electricity are connected? They are. Wherever there is magnetism there is also electricity. There is a property that describes very good magnetic and electrical behavior. This is called superconductivity.

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November 01, 2007
Author: William Rosebrook, Courtney Reid, and William Frazier, Drexel University Materials Advantage Chapter

Did you ever ask yourself what things are made of, and why? Airplanes, artificial hearts, automobiles, mp3 players, musical instruments and so much more! All of these things are made from materials developed by materials scientists and engineers!

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November 01, 2007
Author: Patrick Hogan, Justine Roberts, and Amanda Young, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Materials Advantage Chapter

Swords have captivated mankind throughout history because of the seemingly magical properties that blade smiths were able to achieve in a time when the science was unknown. The science behind these properties is materials science, specifically metallurgy.

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November 01, 2007
Author: Conor Keenan, University of Washington Materials Advantage Chapter

Polymers are all around us. A polymer is a material that is made up of small groups of atoms, called monomers. These monomers are connected together to form a bunch of tangled chains that can bend and stretch much like a bowl of spaghetti.

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November 01, 2007
Author: Sarah Graber and Megan Snellenberger, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Materials Advantage Chapter

Some people love 'em and I don't know anyone who hates 'em. They are soft, comfy and look great on everyone. As a materials engineer, I can't help wonder what they are made of and how exactly they are made.

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November 01, 2007
Author: Sarah Miller, Washington State University Materials Advantage Chapter

Many metals can be strengthened through work hardening. To increase the strength in a metal, the piece is 'cold worked', meaning it is hardened by applying a force to it while the metal piece is cold. In most cases, work hardening is performed by rolling the metal, making it thinner, but larger in area, or drawing the metal through a small hole, a process called wire drawing.

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November 01, 2007
Author: Pat Anderson, Boise State University Materials Advantage chapter

If you stop and think about the things around you, you will discover that most of them need to be strong. But what does it mean to be strong? In materials science, the word strong can be used to describe lots of different properties, or characteristics of materials.

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