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Questions tagged [materials]

Intended to refer to the properties of both hypothetical and real materials and their applications and properties.

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Protections when working with a dangerous supermaterial

In my world, there is a material called amaranthine. This material is effectively energy condensed into an unstable crystalline form (via a series of processes that aren't relevant to this question). ...
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Paper from human skin

I'm writing a story about a people that lives in a very cold, icy environment. Their technological level of advancement ranges from stone age to dark ages in different areas. I'd like them to record ...
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How to sabotage a blacksmith production? [on hold]

The city's main weapon and armor supplier has lost his contract arming the city's guard because the quality of the last batch of its products is awful. The swords break at the first clash, the armor ...
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How to make female breast armor viable?

It is known that armor with accentuated design for breast is a bad choice in an actual confrontation. What can be changed to make "breast armor" more effective? Like materials(fictional or not), ...
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Material for weapons and tools in a magnetic field

What material for weapons and tools would a tribal/medieval society use if there was a magnetic field preventing the use of iron? The iron would be attracted by the ground, obviously. It can`t be used ...
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effects of different materials on golem construction [closed]

The most common material to be used in the creation of golems is clay due to it being the most easy to work with and because it is commonly associated with the creation and imitation of life. However ...
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Lifespan of abandoned buildings

I'm exploring a post-apocalyptic world and want to build a realistic scenario for the condition of abandoned ruins. What would you estimate to be the lifespan of the following building types? And by ...
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What material to use for a near-future armoured spaceship?

In a setting with (mostly) near future technology what material would a top end naval spaceships hull be made out of? The hull must follow the following requirements: Able to withstand the strains ...
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What resources would be depleted during a “Medieval Stasis”?

Many fantasy worlds use a “Medieval Stasis”trope. What resources could we expect to become depleted during a stasis? Surely, since technology is stagnant, the people would mine all the materials they ...
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Build an impregnable fortress in the middle ages with modern technology

Let's say we want to build the strongest possible fortress¹ in a medieval (1300 CE) setting while having access to any modern technology and material. Said technology can only be used during the ...
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Why can't sorcerers use magical armor? [closed]

Magic is derived from the energy field surrounding the world. A mage accesses that field through incantations to perform feats of magic in the physical world. Most magic is temporary, and can only ...
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Can You Mix Glass in a Metal Alloy?

Long ago, I asked for a kind of steel alloy under an alternative recipe. Right now, the list is as follows: Carbon (2%) (Reasonable material and amount) Chromium (12%) (Reasonable material and ...
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How long will stainless steel last?

I have asked a question similar to this one, but I am writing a post apocalyptic story that takes place 10,000 to 20,000 years in the future. However, I found out that regular metals decompose in a 1,...
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Weaponry made from extreme light-weight steel: swords and daggers

Imagine there was a material that was mostly identical to steel in almost every way, but instead of a density of $7.85–7.87 g/cm^3$ it would be a tenth of that. That is about 4 times lighter than ...
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Why would spaceships still have acrylic/glass windows when force fields are cheap and reliable?

Force field technology has come a long way. The latest energy-efficient engines can guarantee stable energy output in any situation, making force fields extremely reliable and very cost effective ...
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How early can transparent glass windows be easily available?

TL;DR: How early can windows made of transparent glass (can look through) be readily available (not a rare luxury) to "common" citizens (at least top 10% of population)? Disclaimer: I know very ...
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Energy beam pierces 200m thick steel wall. What happens next?

With a powered-by-phlebotinum (ergo very handy, very powerful) rifle, I am able to shoot high-energy beams which, in turn, can pulverize anything in their path in a considerable radius. The beams can ...
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How do I make a rock with magical properties teleport people? [closed]

Thinking about it, you probably need more context than that, so here we go. Basically, in my Earth/Alt Universe world, there's this new magical rock, let's call it, stranglium! Stranglium, on touch ...
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What would be the effect of magic ultraviolet rocks on developing societies?

One of my favorite bits of set dressing is magic glowing rocks. You see them in movies, video games, and every other manner of medium conveying fantasy settings. Personally, I'm perfectly okay with ...
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A balloon that can float to space [closed]

I’ve heard there are materials that can withstand the image sort of the earth’s atmosphere, such as carbon nanotubes and Kevlar. Supposedly, a perfectly constructed bridge of such material could be ...
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How can I ride a balloon in a hurricane? [closed]

Like the famous Annie Edson Taylor who went off Niagara Falls in a barrel. I would like to be the first to ride out in a hurricane at least from the inside out in the air in an unpowered craft. Could ...
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Reasons for every floor of an office building needing a unique code to access that floor via the lift [closed]

In my story the protagonist has found them self on the bottom floor of a New York Office sky scraper and has to escape. For whatever reason they cannot exit via any means other than through the roof ...
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What do you make bricks out of in the rainforest?

Problem statement There exists a thriving Bronze Age civilization in a gigantic rainforest, bigger than the Amazon and Congo put together. This civilization is built in on the flood plains of a might ...
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How would a century of disuse affect this structure?

In my story, an ancient building has been abandoned for a whole century without any care or use from the inhabitants around. They refrain from approaching it because they believe it is cursed, which ...
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Could the Romans have Invented Graphene? [closed]

This scenario is inspired by this article. Long ago, it was thought that this super-cool, extra strong material called carbon nanotubes is a recent invention. After all, what ancient culture could ...
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What would aliens use as raw materials? [closed]

I just realized that on earth many natural resources used for building throughout history could be considered unique to earth, materials such as bone and wood are products of terrestrial evolution and ...
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Indestructible silk: good armor?

I've been playing with different conceptualizations and types of armor for historical settings, especially armor with magic enchantments or made from weird materials. I was stuck thinking about ...
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Blackholes as Perfect Recyclers or Perfect Batteries: Safe storage, recharge, and usage

Consider the facts that a blackhole: Eats everything that passes through its event horizon. In layman's terms, it is defined as the shell of "points of no return", i.e., the boundary at which the ...
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Kidnapping Fire-Slugs

I have a slug that I need to kidnap. Not an ordinary garden slug; this slug is special. This slug's slime is violently reactive with the atmosphere on my planet, and explodes into flame on contact ...
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Heavy, immutable steel: armour design

Imagine a metal that can be molded into (almost) any form using magic, but once the process is done the material becomes absolutely immutable. It is not possible to physically alter its form. It can ...
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Wading through high-inertia particulates: how could pre-modern technology best approximate a protective, slick, waterproof suit?

In the supernatural plane of existence known as The Exhibition, time appears frozen - nothing is moving, falling objects are suspended motionless, the works. In addition to this, while outside ...
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What pockets should Spider-man use?

Before we get into the question, I'd just like to say that this isn't specifically for Spider-man, but more of a general "character who moves around a lot and finds themselves upside-down quite often"....
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Weaponry made from brittle steel: splintering projectiles

This is about a fictional material that is meant to be very similar to steel, but very brittle (under regular conditions). This means it breaks under stress instead of being strained signficantly ...
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Negative energy beam / Negative matter projectiles [closed]

Could you create a negative energy beam? If so what would be the effect directed at positive matter? If it helps frame the question set the positive energy value to 1 -joule and the positive matter ...
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Would it make any difference If I use diamonds as arrowheads?

Let's say I have a plenty of supply of diamonds for my archer's arrows and my blacksmiths can easily work with diamonds. Would diamond arrows be superior to iron arrows?
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Would it be possible to make a water mill without metal?

I'm making a human society that has a lack of metal ore and no knowledge of metalworking at all. However, industry must still continue, metal or not, so I'm thinking about a water mill made out of ...
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What Would Beaches Look Like if Silicon Didn't Bond to Oxygen?

I was on a beach recently and was contemplating what it would look like if Silicon just didn't bind oxygen very well/at all, perhaps similar to gold. I'm not sure if something else would take the ...
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Alternative skeleton material for an Earth-like planet

On earth, the skeletons of Osteicthyes and all their descendants are made of a mixture of collagen and calcium. We can do this because Earth contains food sources for all these animals containing ...
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Closest thing to Unobtainium Crystal that can save memories

My story happens in basically our real world stretched here and there, much like Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, my story world also has some kind of rare elements of alien origin, that have ...
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Metallic oxygen as a possible future material?

I'm researching possible materials that maybe be used in the far future. I came across something called metallic oxygen. If oxygen is compressed to 10GPa, it turns into a dark red solid O8. If this is ...
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Creating a steampunk-esque/cybernetic “Big Iron” revolver

I've gone through most of the--quite few surprisingly--steampunk questions and although one answered my question for how a steam powered arm may function, this arm has a lot of exceptions. I'm ...
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Best material for windsilk

I'm developing a silkworm that spins webs of a particular kind of "silk" and weaves thin, fragile webs. The magic part of this is that it also spins wind. The following addresses how this works and my ...
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What material(s) should I use to protect my androids against ballistic impacts (bullets) and what protection would I get?

In the world of a story I'm writing, the military (of a superpower who shall remain nameless) has poured a lot of money into remotely operated humanoid drones (basically put on a VR suit and off you ...
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Identifying extra-galactic artifacts

Setting In the near future a group of explorers land on Mars and proceed to explore the cave system under Pavonis Mons. While exploring the gigantic interior of the lava tube, sensors indicate the ...
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Floor Material: What would mer-society like to use for comfortable floors?

The mer-folk are typical top-half human, bottom-half fish. They can breath with either lungs or gills. Their homes are mostly below water, but some do also extend above. This allows them to do ...
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Can porcelain be “reforged”?

With metals you can take something you don't like, melt it down and use the metal for something else. My question is, can the same be done with porcelain? In my fantasy world, metals like gold, ...
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Which parts of our civilization would survive 1000 years? [closed]

If some catastrophic event happened that wiped out humanity tomorrow, not destroying any objects or places, which parts of our civilization would survive for 1000 years? What would the world look like?...
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Chemical element made with alternative particles

In my earlier question, regarding airships, I mentioned fictional gas, as light as hydrogen but non-flammable. Is it possible to make chemical element, with atoms made not from nucleons, but with some ...
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Modern/Near Future Melee Armor

Modern Melee Weapons seem to be traditional melee weapons with stronger,lighter materials and improvements like shock circuitry. Are there examples of modern armors/material designed to stop modern ...
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Is it possible to make pulleys and cams required for compound crossbows with medieval or early renaissance technology? [duplicate]

I am thinking if it's possible for craftsmen of late medieval times to achieve precision required to repeatedly make crossbows enhanced by use of cams or pulleys. As far as I know, pulleys were used ...