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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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Given an “indestructible” material used for armor - what are ways to explain that material not being used as a weapon as well?

Usually this "indestructible" material is unnaturally strong for its weight; the armor "just exists" and doesn't go into the feasibility of such a material. Given that the material isn't "hard to ...
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Implications of extremely strong composite materials?

Ogre, a sci-fi tabletop wargame from 1977, used the development of an extraordinarily strong composite armor called 'biphase carbide' (BPC) as a technobabble justification for the widespread ...
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Substances created via quantum-level manipulation possible? How are they distinguishable from “normal” ones?

Lets assume an entity in my fictional environment that is connected to modern day earth in some way. Via this connection materials (like metal) reach the earth, that were engineered to be a certain ...
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What are some plausible super materials? [closed]

Background Science fiction is rife with "super materials". Most often the materials are made from elements unknown to Current Era (CE) science. They use names that make us think of elements without ...
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How could we use Starlite in warfare?

How could we use Starlite in warfare? Starlite: Under tests, Starlite was claimed to be able to withstand attack by a laser beam that could produce a temperature of 10,000 degrees Celsius (...
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What material should a mjolnir type weapon be made out of?

In this question we came up with a weapon that would be quite powerful if it could have variable weight and inertia. In the comments of the accepted answer a user pointed out that we basically ...
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Can I make a ruler that works at any temperature? [closed]

Slartibartfast has just finished designing the fjords of Norway. He begins work on the volcanoes of Hawaii when he soon realizes that his work isn't matching up with his blueprints. Finally the ...
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Weather and temperature effects on leather armor

What exactly happens to leather armor in different environmental conditions, for example battles or long exposure to rain or desert heat? What can be done to negate or care for it?
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What would the properties of materials made of limpet teeth be?

Limpet teeth are supposedly one of the strongest organically produced materials. Unfortunately producing this material in large enough quantities to use for much isn't currently possible. However ...