Breakthrough in our understanding of how things deform
Every material can bend and break. Through nearly a century’s worth of research, scientists have had a pretty good understanding of how and why. But, according to new findings by materials science and engineering researchers, our understanding of how layered materials succumb to stresses and strains was lacking. A new report suggests that, when compressed, layered materials — everything from sedimentary rocks, to beyond-whisker-thin graphite — will form a series of internal buckles, or ripples, as they deform.