The article discusses the importance of understanding the characteristics of materials that will be used for different applications. Through the years, the inventions and innovations in the technology of materials are becoming more technologically complex. Innovations in the materials are divided in different categories, including metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. Example of such innovations in the technology of materials include the ceramic composite applied to the surface of the space shuttle panels to absorb and release high amounts of heat.
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Original Publication Citation
Katsioloudis, P. J. (2010). Understanding Materials. Technology Teacher, 69(8), 5-11.
Katsioloudis, Petros J., "Understanding Materials" (2010). STEMPS Faculty Publications. 279.