A new understanding of metallic glass

Simulations reveal that the formation of some glassy materials is like the setting of a bowl of gelatin.
Gelatin sets by forming a solid matrix full of random, liquid-filled pores — much like a saturated sponge. It turns out that a similar process also happens in some metallic glasses, substances whose molecular behavior has now been clarified by new MIT research detailing the “setting” of these metal alloys.

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