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3 Dimensional Stability The material should have adequate stability in properties. For example, many nuclear components would work at higher temperatures for extended period of time. , time-dependent plastic deformation) may cause dimensional stability problems. One should also recognize that the microstructure of a material changes as a function of temperature, time, and stresses. So, the effects of these factors on microstructure and the consequent effects on the properties need to be taken into account carefully.

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Brief discussions on these properties have been made in the following sections. Some of these properties will be again elaborated in the subsequent chapters. 1 General Mechanical Properties Important general mechanical properties include tensile strength, ductility, and toughness. The material should be strong enough to bear the loads of the structure and also sustain any internal or external stresses generated during service. Also, the material should have enough ductility (a measure of percentage elongation or reduction in area in standard tensile specimens) to avoid any catastrophic failure.

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