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CLIP 14306

The creation of duraluminium

The creation of duraluminium
Key Info
  • The creation of duraluminium
  • Duration: 03:46
  • Mark Miodownik describes how Alfred Wilm's experimentation with alloys came up with duralumin in 1903. This alloy is a mixture of aluminium, manganese, copper and magnesium. A key part to this story is how Wilm discovered age hardening (alloys becoming stronger over time) by accident. Mark Miodownik describes the crystal lattice structure of alloys. First broadcast in 'How it works' on BBC Four in February 2010.
  • Subject:



    Chem: Metals

  • Keywords: Mark Miodownik, HowitWorks, How it Works, aluminium, aeroplane, steel, Alfred Wilm, duralumin, duraluminum, duraluminium, dural
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used to explain how alloys work. Could also be used to show how many scientific errors have come about by accident. Can students name any others?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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