Home Resource Center Newsletters Technical Tidbits Technical Tidbits Newsletter The Technical Tidbits Newsletter covers a range of materials science topics, including material properties, stress integrity, reliability, fatigue, strain hardening, strengthening mechanisms, and more. If you would like to see what topics we covered prior to 2015, please check the Technical Tidbits archives, 2008-2011 or 2012-2014 or 2015-2016. For additional information, contact our team. Resources Specific Heat and Thermal Mass - Issue 110 February 2018 A brief discussion on the importance of specific heat. Measuring Thermal Conductivity Part 3 - Kohlrausch and Laser Flash Methods - Issue No 109 January 2018 A brief discussion on two more methods to indirectly measure the thermal conductivity of a material. Measuring Thermal Conductivity Part 2 - Bar and Disk Methods Issue 108 December 2017 A brief discussion on determining thermal conductivity by measuring total heat transfer. Measuring Thermal Conductivity Part 1 - Heat Flow Meters - Issue 107 November 2017 A brief discussion on how thermal conductivity uses specially designed conductivity meters. Measuring Electrical Conductivity - Issue 106 October 2017 A brief discussion on how electrical conductivity is measured and reported. Maxium Operating Temperature - Issue 105 - Sept 2017 A brief discussion on which Material properties permit a material to operate effectively at high temperatures. Electrical and Thermal Conductivity - Issue 104 August 2017 A brief discussion on how electrical and thermal conductivity are related in copper alloys. A Better Rate - Issue 103 - July 2017 A brief discussion on how changes in speed affect the way that materials and environmental forces interact. Speed-Related Scaling Effects - Issue 102 - June 2017 A brief discussion on how changes in speed affect the way that materials and environmental forces interact. Nonlinear Scaling Effects - Issue 101 - May 2017 A brief discussion on how changes in scale affect the way that materials and environmental forces interact. Learning From Failures - Issue 100 - April 2017 A brief discussion on using short-term testing to estimate long-term failure. Accelerated Life Testing - Issue 99 - March 2017 A brief discussion on using short-term testing to estimate long-term failure rates. Prediction of Temperature - Dependent Change - Issue 98-February 2017 A brief discussion on how to predict the long-term effect of temperature on material properties. Instantaneous vs Metallurgical Changes - Issue 97 - January 2017 A brief discussion on how temperature affects material properties. Properties are Functions - Issue 96 - December 2016 A brief discussion on how material properties almost always depend on some other parameter. Other Statistical Ranges - Issue 95 - November 2016 A brief discussion of confidence limits, tolerance limits and the MMPDS Basis System. Process Capability - Issue 94 - October 2016 A brief discussion of what it means for a process to be capable and what you can expect for material properties from such capable processes. Tuning and Customizing Properties - Issue 93 - September 2016 A brief discussion of the tradeoffs involved when trying to tweak properties of standard materials. Material Property Ranges and Statistics - Issue 92 - August 2016 A brief discussion of how typical material properties may vary and lead the design engineer into trouble. Metal Properties and System Properties - Issue 91 - July 2016 A brief discussion of the different classifications of material properties. Hardness v. Strength - Issue 90 - June 2016 A brief discussion of the correlation between hardness and strength. Stress Relaxation Data - Issue 89 - May 2016 Learn how to use stress relaxation data. Testing Stress Relaxation Resistance - Issue 88 - April 2016 Learn about stress relaxation testing.