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The Statistical Mechanics of Strain-Hardened Metals

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Science  27 Jun 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5884, pp. 1729-1730
DOI: 10.1126/science.1160003

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The average distance that dislocations in crystals travel before freezing into place is a key quantity in describing how metals harden when strained.