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Is there a method of lowering linear expansion of a material?

  1. Dec 7, 2012 #1

    I was just wondering if it was possible to change the linear expansion (and expansion in volume as volume expansion is three times the linear expansion) of a certain material. The coefficient being;

    a = (Final Length - Initial Length)/ (Initial length) * (ΔT)

    Is it possible to engineer a material to expand greater at lower temperature levels?
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 9, 2012 #2
    In some circumstances it is possible. Invar alloys, for example, are engineered such that magnetostriction compensates thermal expansion over a temperature range near room temperature. This is a very special case (and apparently still not fully understood) that cannot be generalized to other materials.


    Are you thinking about a special material and temperature range?
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