, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 143-147
Date: 02 Jul 2010

Towards the theory of hardness of materials

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Recent studies have shown that hardness, a complex property, can be calculated using very simple approaches or even analytical formulae. These form the basis for evaluating controversial experimental results (as we illustrate for TiO2-cotunnite) and enable a systematic search for novel hard materials, for instance, using global optimization algorithms (as we show on the example of SiO2 polymorphs).

Original Russian Text © A.R. Oganov, A.O. Lyakhov, 2010, published in Sverkhtverdye Materialy, 2010, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 3–8.