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Definition of "embrittlement" [embrittlement]

  • The characteristic or process of being embrittled. (noun)
  • The loss of flexibility or elasticity of a material. (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "embrittlement" in a sentence
  • "Under intense multi-decade stress from heat and radiation, all suffer dangerously from embrittlement of critical metals and degradation of structural concrete."
  • "For instance, some steels become brittle, and alloys which resist embrittlement must be used in nuclear reactors."
  • "For most plastics, heat absorption was the key to rapid embrittlement, and the cooler ocean environment acted as a heat sink, slowing the process."