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What is something metallurgy and material science engineers know that others don't?

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Cheryl Susan

Life is all about perspective

Many of you may not know this, but metallurgical engineers form the backbone of our civilization. That’s because they power up our world and bodies with the advanced materials that they develop. It has a great impact on the various aspects of life in the modern world. It is with their help that we transform and make use of the earth’s valuable mineral resources into something useful. The technologies that we use today are possible for these professionals.

Metallurgical engineers are all about studying metals, and nothing is possible without metals. Not even technology is possible without metals. Therefore, you cannot deny the great role they play to make our lives easier.

Things To Know

Since metallurgical and material science engineers are trained professionals, it is obvious that they have a greater knowledge about metals than anyone else. They utilize their knowledge to develop advanced alloys that are used in computer chips, surgical implants, automobiles, etc. all of this is possible because of their knowledge. Here are a few interesting things that are only known and understood better by a metallurgical engineer.

1.    We always assumed pure iron to be the strongest material. However, that is not true. It is softer than aluminum. Not just that, but it is also of no use. This is something which ordinary people like us may not have in our knowledge.

2.    Almost every elemental metal is either grey or silver. However, there are certain exceptions which include cesium, copper, gold, and osmium.

4.    This can sound fascinating to you, but Eiffel tower grows in height during the summer. It is 6 inches taller than in winter. This happens because of the expanding properties of metals due to heat.

5.    Diamonds are available in different colors. It gets its color due to point defects sound in them. They are mainly made by irradiation or doping.

All of these may sound surprising to you, but for a metallurgical engineer, it is their regular stuff. There are many such amazing facts and tricks to learn about metals. If you are someone who likes metals, metallurgical engineering could be the right career option for you. Also, the field has a wide scope.

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