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Sail fabrics
The use of phase contrast microradiography at Elettra allows the study, at the nanometre level, of the structures of sails for racing yachts, that are virtually invisible under examination by traditional radiographic techniques.


New lubricants
A variety of steel specimens has been studied at microscopic level, while subjected to mechanical forces in the presence of lubricants of various formulations, in order to understand the basic processes involved in friction.

Organic LED

Organic LEDs
Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) light sources exhibit all the properties needed to compete with current technologies, but some technical obstacles remain to be overcome. Elettra has led to the identification of some parameters that can cause surface defects to occur, such as the quality of materials and the methods used to process them.


Clean Steel
In traditional steels, non-metallic microinclusions are produced during hot working processes and can generate microfractures that can cause total structural failure. At Elettra have been identified the chemical characteristics of these minute impurities and the phases of production primarily responsible for contamination.


Polymer foams
At Elettra it was possible to examine the microstructure of polymer foams used in the motor car industry, when subjected to various deformation processes, and to correlate material's structure, its deformation resistance and its insulation properties.

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