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Strongest compressive strength material

  1. Dec 16, 2014 #1
    Hi guys,

    Would like to know what's the highest compressive strength ever measured in any material, and what material that might be. Specifically wondering if there are any materials with gigapascal-level compressive strengths. Thanks!

    Rgds,
    Wally
     
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  3. Dec 16, 2014 #2

    Danger

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    Do you mean actually physically measured as opposed to calculated? If not, neutronium would pretty much take the prize.
     
  4. Dec 16, 2014 #3
    Oops, guess I should have clarified: I'm looking for man-made materials, so neutronium doesn't count (for now...).
     
  5. Dec 16, 2014 #4
    Of course, if there are any natural materials that are stronger but that we've actually physically measured those work as well.
     
  6. Dec 17, 2014 #5

    Danger

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    Got it. I can't help. A structural engineer will know. Hang on for a while and one will show up.
     
  7. Dec 17, 2014 #6
    I would think it would be some sort of ceramic material. From the small amount of material specs I've looked at, I think diamond is the highest compression allowable I've seen (>110 GPa), but in a more cost-effective setting aluminum oxide (alumina) has a decently high compression allowable.
     
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