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Dictionary of Metal Terminology

Dictionary of Metal Terminology

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The ability of a material to exist in more than one crystallographic structure. Numerous metals change in
crystallographic structure at transformation temperatures during heating or cooling. If the change is
reversible, it is allotropy. The allotropy of iron, particularly the changes between the alpha body-centered
and the gamma face centered form, is of fundamental importance in the hardening of steel.

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