Acoustics sound out strained steel

Japanese researchers have found a way of predicting the remaining lifetime of stressed steel. The researchers have shown that structural faults in carbon steel make it absorb sound very effectively at a certain point in its life. The non-contact technique is based on the effect of this absorption on a magnetic field, and could be used to monitor the condition of axles in trains and motor vehicles.

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