Using shock waves similar to those generated by meteorites striking the Earth, researchers at Purdue University have developed new super-strength materials.

A meteorite impacting the Earth generates high pressures and temperatures. The researchers are striving to replicate these conditions to create materials able to withstand extreme temperatures and possess superior strength and unique electromagnetic properties.

The primary mission is to predict shock conditions under which new materials can be synthesized.

The Purdue researchers will work to validate and calibrate computational models for simulations of this "shock-induced synthesis." The models may enable the researchers to predict structures that could be produced through the synthesis.

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